400,000 Ondo residents to benefit from health scheme

The Ondo State Contributory Health Commission (ODCHC) Thursday, said

no fewer than 400,000 residents of the state would be registered in

the first phase of its contributory health scheme.

General Manager, DrAbiodunOyeneyin, who made this disclosure at a

press conference in Akure, said the commission would make sure that 10

per cent of 4.6 million of the residents had health insurance cover.

Oyeneyin said the commission had called on organisedlabour unions in

the state to continue discussions with civil servants to avail

themselves of the scheme.

He also said sensitisationprogrammes were ongoing to engage the

members of the informal sector on the likely amount to be charged by

ODCHC as premium for the informal sector health insurance plan.

The general manager said   the state government was committed to

paying a certain premium for the benefit of the pregnant women and

children under five years in the state.

“This scheme is tagged Abiyamo Maternal and Child Health Insurance

Scheme and it was inaugurated on December 3, 2019.

“The state government is also considering procurement of health

insurance cover for people with disabilities. This is to ensure

universal coverage of the vulnerable in the state,” he stated.

Oyeneyin said apart from the vulnerable persons, all other residents

were expected to pay a premium for their health insurance under the


“We promised that these packages for the formal and informal sectors

will be robust and affordable to ensure we grow the coverage every

year till we have universal health coverage in the state.

“Our health insurance policies will run for one year and cover the

principal enrollee, a spouse and 4 children.

“The hospitals to be accredited and put forward as providers of the

scheme shall be both public and private hospitals found suitable in

all the 18 local government areas of the state,” he said.

Oyeneyin urged the governments, citizens and donors to contribute to

the scheme. He said: “Health insurance is the most effective and

evidence-based contributory mechanism for health across the world.”

He called on well-meaning individuals and bodies to procure health

insurance plans for their aged parents, family members and friends,

adding that churches and mosques should also do it for their indigent

members. (NAN)

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