THE Ogun State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) towards improving the Community-Based Health Insurance Scheme “Araya” in the state.

Signing the MoU on behalf of the government in Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, said that the collaborative efforts and commitment of stakeholders on health would make universal health coverage a reality.

Soyinka emphasised the need to improve on healthcare services rendered to the people, adding that the Community-Based Health Insurance Scheme would be an avenue to solve health challenges.

“Our people need qualitative and sustainable healthcare that will be accessible to them anytime, anywhere and this scheme will definitely cater for all these,” Soyinka noted.

The Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Dr. Femi Thomas, said that the health needs of the people must be attended to in a pragmatic way devoid of sentiments.

He praised the state for the giant strides, adding that the initiative would drive the health sector forward.

“We want to register the support and enthusiasm of our organisation with Ogun State Government on the successful take-off, towards implementation and sustenance of this scheme while all arrangements have been concluded to subsidise the scheme for three years, “  the NHIS boss said.

Representatives of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Health Management Organisations (HMOs) Board of Trustee (BOT), among others, reiterated their commitment to the scheme successful implementation.