Akpabio pledges to fund national health insurance scheme

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Aug 23rd, 2014
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The akwa Ibom Government has pledged its readiness to contribute about 60 per cent funds to the National Health Insurance Scheme in the state and its continuous cooperation to the various programmes of the scheme.

Governor Godswill Akpabio, who stated this when the Chief Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Femi Thomas and his team paid him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Office, Uyo, remarked, “We will contribute 60 per cent finances to the Health Insurance programmes.”

According to him, “So, if we contribute about N220million monthly and the company contributes 40 per cent of the finances which amount to N88million monthly, we can insure our children in the primary schools from all sorts of hazards, injury, accidents, among others. It will help a lot.

“And it is a programme that all states in the country should get involved in. The more sensitisation on the health insurance scheme, the more people you are going to have on the programme. So, be assured of our state continuous cooperation to the programme.”

While lauding Dr. Thomas, Akpabio remarked, “You have given Nigerians hope in the health sector due to the fact that President Jonathan made the right decision for your appointment. You are indeed a square peg in a square hole. You have taken care of those who have access to the insurance. You have also extended the programme to the entire society through your various health programmes.”

The governor also thanked him for giving certificates to some people of the state who took part in the community-based Health Insurance Scheme, stressing that it is a way to ensure total penetration of the health insurance scheme to every part of the country.

He informed the visitors that the state is already building a well-equipped 20th Anniversary Hospital, where about 150 doctors would be sent abroad for training, and that the purpose of the hospital in the state was to stop capital flight abroad for treatment, explaining that the hospital would specialise on heart surgery, kidney and liver transplant, among others.

Responding, Dr. Thomas, remarked that they were in the state to celebrate the new community-based health insurance initiative in the state by partnering the state government in the health sector, support the state on community-based health insurance policy, look into the number of medical personnel employed in hospitals, the amount of drugs in hospitals as well as educate people of the state on the health insurance scheme.

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