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Ogun State Nigeria takes Health Insurance to Markets.

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Ogun State Nigeria takes Health Insurance to Markets.

The Ogun State government has solicited the support of market leaders in the state for the success  of its Health Insurance Scheme in various markets as part of measures towards achieving universal health coverage.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, during a meeting with market leaders from Remo, Ijebu, Yewa, and Egba Zones of the State in Abeokuta, said the present administration had invested hugely in the health sector, particularly in the area of upgrading and staffing of facilities across the State, saying these would contribute to the quality of care provided to subscribers to the health insurance scheme.

She said the government had engaged different stakeholders in the informal sector such as Community Development Associations ( CDAs), artisans, and traditional leaders, calling on market leaders to use their influence to spread the gospel of Health Insurance to all market women and traders.

“We understand the need to reach all stakeholders in the society and make them realize the long-term benefits of this scheme. Also, we have enrolled thousands of vulnerable on the Scheme for free through the Basic Healthcare Provisions Fund (BHCPF), which is an aspect of our Health Insurance”.

According to the Commissioner, the vision of His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Executive Governor of Ogun State is to make qualitative healthcare accessible to all residents of Ogun State. “The Insurance programme is aimed at helping us actualize this vision”, she said.

The Commissioner further disclosed that the benefits package includes more than 200 services such as internal medicine, maternal, neonatal, and child health services, surgery, eye care, emergency psychiatry management, emergency care, and annual screening for communicable diseases, urging traders in markets and other residents of the State to subscribe the Scheme.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary, Ogun State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Afolabi Dosumu, said that the monthly payment of N1,000 per head and N4,000 for a family of six would save residents the stress of paying out-of-pocket during health emergency. Adding that the third-party administrators are available in all local governments of the state to enrol people.

Responding on behalf of the market leaders, the Iyaloja-General of Ogun State,  Alhaja Anifat Abass, lauded the State government for facilitating the Insurance Scheme, promising that leaders in all the four market zones of the State would support the government to promote the Scheme in their domains.

Ogun State Commissioner for health, Dr. Tomi Coker, & cross-section of market leaders

 

Source: Dare Agbeluyi, Chief Publisher, with Ogun State Ministry of Health Report.

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Dare Agbeluyi is a 1985 graduate of Mass Communication, University of Lagos. And Master of Arts, in Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, 1988. A very experienced media practitioner since 1986. He has worked in both print and broadcast media. A prolific writer; He became a columnist with The Punch where he pioneered the automobile column known as Automart, now metamorphosed to Transport column published every Wednesday, while still working officially as senior Advertorial Coordinator, in charge of supplements. He is an all-around media practitioner. In 1996, Dare started media brokerage, interfacing between agencies and media, leveraging on his media experience to bulk and sell cheaper. A versatile media man, who has a knack for creative writing. He is also a prolific scriptwriter. In Broadcast media, Dare is an independent content provider for radio stations. Among his recent works aired on Nigeria radio stations include Child Comfort (A magazine program on child care); GoodLiving (A pidgin program on healthy living) and Girl Child (A magazine program on gender discrimination). The programs ran on radio stations across Nigeria’s geo-political zones. Dare Agbeluyi is in the full membership category of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON).

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