600, 000 Rural Dwellers Benefit From Kwara Health Insurance Scheme
By Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin
About 600,000 rural dwellers in Kwara state now have access to premium health services.
The state governor, AlhAbdulfatah Ahmed who disclosed this in Ilorin, the state capital yesterday said that the programme is under the state Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS).
Ahmed spoke at the investiture/presentation of Lion Ayobola Samuel as the District-Governor of Lions Club International, District 404 B2, Nigeria.
The governor Ahmed added that “CHIS has been adjudged as one of the most
successful by the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.”
Represented by the Secretary to the state Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, the governor said that “plans are on the way to expand the scheme across the state under the amended Kwara state Health Insurance Law.
“Consequently, in order to ensure access to affordable and quality health care, reduce exclusion and social disparities in health care coverage, five general hospitals in the state have been renovated and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
“Permit me to at this point state that this administration is focused on creating the country’s next generation of entrepreneurs. Therefore, in our bid to encourage entrepreneurship among youths in the state and spur economic development, we have set up credit support schemes such as the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Scheme which offer single digit interest rates to entrepreneurs across the state. Currently, over 50,000 businesses have benefited from the programme.”
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