The governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodimma, has approved free medical care for state workers as part of the Social Health Insurance Scheme for civil servants.
Uzodimma gave the approval for the free medical scheme during a town hall meeting in Owerri with senior management staff of the Imo civil service and said the gesture was part of efforts to ensuret civil servants in the state remained healthy, motivated and well positioned to carry out their duties.
“Health is wealth. We therefore remain committed to improving the health and by extension the productivity of civil servants in our state’s workforce.
”I’ve been told it would cost N500 million to sustain this health insurance, but that notwithstanding, I remain committed to it,” the governor said.
He urged the civil servants to reciprocate the kind gesture by his administration by dedicating themselves to duty.
Uzodima directed the state’s Ministry of Health to immediately commence the process of getting all verified workers into the free medical scheme and said workers at both state and local government levels would be receiving medical care from government owned hospitals and designated private hospitals.