Ekiti State Government is set to commence a health insurance scheme that will guarantee an affordable and qualitative health care delivery system for the people of the state.
The Chief of staff to the state Governor, Barrister Dipo Anisulowo made this known in Ado-Ekiti at a meeting of the committee set up to fashion out modalities for the financing and ensuring a smooth take-off of the programme in the state.
Anisulowo who is also chairman of the State Implementation Committee on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), noted that the Fayose administration was particular about getting expected value for money invested into its various programmes and schemes, stressing that all plans and policies of the present administration were designed to provide quality service for people in the state.
Assuring that plans are already in place to ensure a smooth take-off of the Insurance Scheme, the Chief of Staff disclosed that both Public Officers and people in the private sector would benefit from the programme.
Chief Anisulowo appealed to people in the state to reciprocate government’s gesture by being law abiding and supportive of governments efforts to improve their general being .
In her remarks, the South West Co-ordinator of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mrs. Adejoke Balogun commenced the State Government for taking steps to establish a Health Insurance Scheme.
Describing the gesture as in tune with global best practice, Mrs. Balogun said the counterpart funds from National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was ready and appealed to the State Government to speed up the process of commencement of the programme.
According to her, tertiary institutions have been directed by the National University Commission (NUC) and other relevant regulatory agencies to enlist their students in the Health Insurance Scheme with an affordable premium of not more than Five Thousand Naira only per annum.