NSPA expands health insurance to cover poor

The National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) has said the list of people who received Zakat (alms for the poor) last year will be added to the government’s Madhana health insurance programme, reports Haveeru.

NPSA Chairman Ibrahim Waheed said the list, which includes orphans as well, has been requested at the Islamic ministry and island offices.

Over 30,000 people are registered as eligible for Zakat funds. The list will be verified before registration with Madhana, Waheed said.

Meanwhile, the ministry of fisheries and agriculture has re-opened applications for fishermen and farmers to join Madhana.

The decision was made following a number of requests from fishermen and farmers who missed the earlier deadline, reports Voice of Maldives.

The second round of applications will be open till June, while a verified list of those who applied earlier has been sent to the National Social Protection Agency for registration.

The ministry will pay half of the annual Rf2,000 fee for farmers and fishermen.