By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
Kwara state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has announced the enrolment of 10,000 Kwara indigents on the state government’s health insurance scheme.
He said the scheme is 100 per cent free, adding that the state has fully paid for the premium of the beneficiaries.
AbdulRazaq made this disclosure on Friday in Ilorin,at the official launch of “go alive” (Access to care) of the Kwara State Health Insurance Agency.
“The launching today of this health insurance scheme is a direct response of the administration to the goal three of the SDGs which is access to good health and well-being.
“We are starting this scheme by onboarding at least 10,000 indigents as a test run. These indigents have had their premium fully paid. This means the health insurance is 100 percent free for the indigents. We hope to enroll many more indigents in the coming years.
“I commend our partners for their support and the leadership and staff of the health sector in Kwara State for their hard work. I specifically commend the leadership of the Kwara State Health Insurance Agency for seeing this through. We are also proud as an administration to have made the necessary investments in that regard.
“Health insurance scheme boosts life expectancy of our people, promotes good health, and ultimately strengthens the economy. It has the potential to prevent families from sudden fall into poverty as a result of unforeseen health crisis. The insurance scheme takes care of basic health issues before they become complicated. Studies have shown that most of the health issues found in secondary and tertiary health institutions arose majorly because they were not tackled on time.
“I therefore urge our compatriots in the formal and informal sectors — who are to pay a token as their own premium — to enrol in the scheme.
“It is cheap, affordable, accessible, and is supported by carefully selected functional facilities and committed medical experts in the state, ”he said.
In her address, Executive Secretary of the agency Dr.(Ms) Olubunmi Jetawo-Winter disclosed that affordable healthcare services of sufficient quantity and quality is the antidote to rising healthcare demands in the country.
“The launch of the scheme today provides one of the most sustainable and long-term solutions to addressing our existing and future health challenges. This scheme will make basic healthcare available and accessible to every inhabitant of the state irrespective of their socio-economic class”she said.