Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Executive Secretary of the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA) Mr. Emmanuel Eze has said that Governor Willie Obiano plans to upgrade more hospitals in the state through the upcoming State Health Insurance Scheme.
He stated this on Monday at the state secretariat complex Awka during a sensitization programme for civil servants on the need for the workers to enrol in the scheme to access quality healthcare services at very subsidized rates as the scheme covered primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare respectively.
Eze who disclosed further that the sensitization and awareness creation for the entire civil service on the health insurance scheme commenced 23rd May, to end 6th June, 2018, said the essence was to explain to the workers the modalities for registration as well as benefit inherent in the scheme.
According to him , hospitals selected for the health insurance programme were well-equipped even as he posited that government would not hesitate to clamp down on health facilities not abiding by the terms of engagement, adding that the governor’s vision was for the entire citizens of the state to benefit from the scheme as it was not meant for civil servants alone.
Meanwhile, Executive Secretary of the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency Mrs.Chioma Ezenyimulu in her remarks, noted that with low premium, people would enjoy a wide range of services ranging from primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare emphasizing that the scheme was laudable.
Ezenyimulu also noted that the state governor Chief Willie Obiano had renovated and equipped 63 primary healthcare facilities across Anambra state stressing that the PHCs would be part of the primary healthcare providers in the state health insurance scheme.
According to her, tricycle ambulances have also been supplied to each of the primary healthcare centres across the state to ensure prompt referral of cases to secondary and tertiary health facilities.
Also, Anambra Coordinator of the National Health Insurance Scheme ( NHIS ) Mrs. Nneka Mezie Anthonia described the scheme as giving citizens health insurance cover to reduce the burden of financial responsibilities.
She extolled Governor Obiano’s health policies saying that he was indeed responding proactively to the medical and health needs of the citizenry.
Contributing to the sensitization programme, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Patient Matters and Health Insurance Hon.Ugo Okpalaugo opined that the forthcoming health insurance scheme had been fashioned in such a manner that it would commence with the state workforce and thereafter a template on how to approach the informal sector would be produced to ensure that people in the state were captured in the health insurance policy of the Willie Obiano administration.