Ajimobi Reiterates Commitment To Efficient Healthcare Delivery
By Adebayo Waheed
The Oyo state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on Thursday reiterated his administration’s commitment to improving health care service delivery to the people.
The governor while speaking at the unveiling of N50 billion Health care Endowment Fund in Ibadan, said attempts by previous administrations to institutionalize the health insurance in the state suffered “abortion at different stages of the state Health Insurance Scheme.
The scheme, which is the first by a state government in the country, was applauded by stakeholders in the health industry in their goodwill messages at the flag off Ibadan.
Ajimobi thanked the people of the state for their support for his government, noting that the results of his efforts to transform the state are manifesting.
“We have taken Oyo State higher than we met it and we need to give back to the society. This insurance scheme is for everyone especially the poor and that is why we have pegged the registration to N200 naira only and monthly premium fee of N650 naira. It is free for children under age 5 and pregnant women.
“This health insurance scheme is one among the various health initiatives we offer our people to give them accessible and affordable quality health care. The free health, where several people are being treated, is presently going on across the state.
“We have improved safety and security across the state and we want our people to support our agriculture initiatives for food security. We are committed to making life meaningful to our people and everything humanly possible to achieve this will be done,” he added.
He appealed to the people not to relent in their support for his administration, urging them to get involved in the state Health Insurance Agency.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital, Professor Tope Alonge, the Managing Director/CEO Ultimate Health Management Services, Mr Lekan Ewenla and the Managing Director of Alafia Hospital, Mr Babatunde Agbaje commended the Oyo State government and Governor Ajimobi’s administration for the initiative, saying that the scheme will give the citizenry access to quality health care.
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