Gambia launches new biometric CRVS and health insurance scheme
President Adama Barrow of The Gambia has called on citizens of the West African country of 2.5 million people to turn up in large numbers to register their biometrics for a civil registry and diet. National Health Insurance which has just been launched.
The purpose of the registration is to enable the establishment of digital birth certificates and to subscribe to a new national health plan, according to a press release from the office of the president.
President Barrow on August 3 set an example by sitting down himself to enroll in the new Civil Registry and Vital Statistics (CRVS) electronic database, a Tweeter by the Gambian presidency.
Speaking at the State House, Barrow praised the government, particularly the Department of Health, for the efforts being made to complete the health insurance plan, according to the announcement. He noted that enrolling in the health insurance scheme, which will come with a biometric insurance card, will make it easy for Gambians to take care of their health needs.
“As head of state, I think it’s important for me to do the same thing to have health insurance and a biometric birth certificate. It’s a great achievement for our country,” Barrow said. after registering.
The National Insurance scheme is part of the Barrow administration’s efforts to make it easier for citizens to access health care, one of the promises made during its campaign for a second term, the press release noted. Barrow was re-elected in December 2021.
The Ministry of Health said the biometric registration for the insurance scheme will last for three months and the initiative aims to make access to healthcare affordable for the average Gambian.
The Gambia has rolled out a new biometric identification project by Semlex in 2020, which involves issuing residence cards and other identification documents to expatriates living in the country, and national identity cards to citizens.
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