Oyo State Government has hinted that pregnant women and children under the ages of five are exempted from paying the monthly N650 fee for the newly introduced health Insurance scheme in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun dropped this hint in Ibadan while receiving into his office, the sensitization team for the scheme led by the State Head of Service for public and civil servants in the state on the benefits and advantages of the newly introduced N650 monthly health insurance scheme.
The Commissioner while hosting the staff of Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme (OYHIS) and Six Health Maintenance Organisation (HMOs), disclosed that the preset administration in Oyo state is committed ” to affordable, accessible and quality health care delivery”.
He emphasized the need for the people of the state to take advantage of the first health insurance scheme by a state government in the country, adding that “the health insurance scheme is one among the various health initiatives the government offers the people”.
Speaking further, the Commissioner said Oyo state government will not relent in its efforts to ensure that the people of the state enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Executive Secretary of OYHIS, Dr Sola Akande while speaking declared that the “Insurance Scheme is the future of the health sector which starts now in the State” and that the attendant reformation underscores the importance the state government places on the health sector and the well-being of the citizens of the state.
He stressed that the health Insurance scheme will among other things reduce mortality rate among residents of the state as well as give them access to basic health care delivery through easily affordable monetary commitment of N650 naira per month and N7800 per annum.
Dr Akande added added that the scheme would outlive many administrations in the state, as the insurance scheme comes on three platforms which include Standard, Standard Plus and Standard Peak plans,saying, “the Standard plan is the least of the scheme and affordable, while every enrollee can pay for it in two installments. As much as possible, we want to ensure no one is left out in this bounty which is first of its kind by any state government in the country.”
He maintained that there was no truth in the insinuation that the health insurance service would be scrapped after the expiration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration, saying “the Scheme was duly established by the law and is made available to everyone in the State and that individuals have a crucial role to play in the scheme by joining hands with government to promote the health sector and prevent untimely death.
Dr Akande then urged civil servants and the general public to believe in the scheme by buying into it as well as supporting it, stressing that the scheme will bring about a paradigm shift in the State health sector in earnest.
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