NIGERIA:Ogun to roll out community-based health insurance scheme in 6 LGAs

April 2014 UHCFORWARD; Determined to further improve health indices and the overall well-being of the citizenry, Ogun State government has announced its readiness to roll out the pilot phase of its Community-Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS) in six local government areas of the state.

The local government areas are Abeokuta South, Odeda, Ado Odo/Ota, Ifo, Obafemi Owode and Ipokia.

The state governor, Senator government known in his address during the launch of Ogun/MTN Foundation Mobile Medical Intervention Scheme at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Abeokuta.

Senator Amosun, who was represented by his deputy, Prince Segun Adesegun, disclosed that the CBHIS would help reduce the cost of accessing medicare as government would subsidise for able bodied participants in the scheme, while pregnant women, children and the aged would be given treatment free of charge.

Amosun expressed gratitude to the telecommunications organisation for selecting the state for the scheme, affirming that the mobile medical intervention would strengthen government efforts at enhancing quality primary health care delivery services, particularly at the grass roots.

“The project would involve skilled health workers going to rural communities using the fully equipped mobile clinic to deliver quality primary health care services to them and appropriate referral of complicated cases to secondary health facilities,” Amosun submitted.

He affirmed that his government would continue to partner with private individuals and corporate organisations to move the health sector forward, while investments in human resources for health would be intensified.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, said the mobile clinic, which was fully equipped with basic medical tools and drugs, would be deployed to the rural areas of the state to provide services to those who did not have access to medical facilities and lauded the organisation for the gesture, assuring that the equipment would be put to proper use.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Ms Nonny Ugboma, had said six state-of-the-art mobile clinics would be deployed in six states of Abia, Delta, Ogun and Taraba and one state each in the North Central and North-West geo-political zone to provide maternal and child health care services, as well as tips on prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

According to her, Ogun was the only state in the South-West that met the criteria for the scheme, maintaining that the state government’s commitment to health care delivery was an impetus for her organisation to sustain and take the programme to reach large number of people in the rural areas of the state.


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