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Anambra Health Insurance Scheme : Residents to Access HealthCare Services with N1000 per month

Anambra Health Insurance Scheme : Residents to Access HealthCare Services with N1000 per month.

Obika Chidiebele.

The Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme was today launched in Awka by His Excellency, the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.

The governor in his address at the launch observed that this giant stride will mark the beginning of quality, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery in Anambra State and equally urged ndi Anambra to make good use of the opportunity afforded the residents by the scheme.

He said, “With just one thousand naira (N1000) a month per person, the scheme offers a comprehensive package that covers preventive care, curative care and rehabilitative and surgical services for a whole year“.

Gov. Obiano further in his address recounted the efforts of his government in the Health Sector which include; upgrading of three general hospitals (one per senatorial zone) to specialist Hospitals, provision of 65 Tricycle Ambulances to all the PHCs in the State, the Accreditation Approvals secured for the College of Health Sciences, Obosi, School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Approval for the final MBBS accreditation for Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, which allowed the first set of medical students from the school to graduate after 10years.

Chief Obiano maintained that health sector occupies a vantage position in his administration, thus his donations to the mission hospitals which amounts to about N767m, and N250m sundry health donations to indigent citizens of the state.

Earlier in his address, the Honourable Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Jeo Akabuike applauded the governor for standing firm and ensuring that a day like this happened.

He went further to recall the struggles they underwent in order to birth what is now known as the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme, which was passed in the Anambra State House of Assembly and signed by the governor in 2016. He observed that now, the people of Anambra State, can access affordable healthcare with finesse.

The Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf could not hide his excited feelings when he said, “Your Excellency, your goodwill brought us here. This is the first in Nigeria, i am happy for Anambra state”. He further stated that NHIS targets huge enrollments in the coming months as the scheme will soon introduce easier ways of enrolling the people.

Also speaking at the occassion, Prof. Ilochi Okafor who is the Chairman of The Board of Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme lauded the efforts of Gov. Willie Obiano in providing affordable and accessible healthcare Services for the people. He observed that for twenty years of Constitutional injunction requiring states to take care of its Citizens, Health Wise, Anambra has taken that lead with Gov. Obiano as the pilot.

In his goodwill message, the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr. Nnia Nwodo lauded Anambra as the “Light of the East“. He said, Anambra always comes first in everything and this is one of it.

“Gov. Obiano has set a commendable footprint in leadership for SouthEast and through his economic policies, Anambra has the lowest poverty index in Nigeria“.

Gov. Willie Obiano later unveiled the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme plaque and equally enrolled with the agency while urging ndi Anambra to key into the scheme and get themselves registered.

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