By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye has said that about 28,000 people had benefitted from the State’s Health Insurance Scheme tagged “Araya”, this according to him was part of efforts to ensure that efficient healthcare delivery gets to all residents of the State.
Dr Ipaye dropped this hint during a community health programme, for commercial drivers, organized by the Ministry of Health, in conjunction with Shell Gas Nigeria Limited, in Ado/Odo Ota Local Government Area.
He assured that primary health care would continue to remain top priority of the present administration, adding that, government intends to institutionalize the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme for its citizens, to allow everyone have access to the programme.
“Presently, this scheme has provided services for about 28,000 Ogun State indigenes and they don’t have to pay for services at the point of service control. We are also institutionalising very soon, the law that will make insurance scheme available to all and sundry, to ensure that the 7.2million Ogun people have access to qualitative health service,” Ipaye stated.
On his part, the Regional Health Manager, Shell Nigeria Limited, Dr Akin Fajola, while appreciating the State government for partnering the company, in organising the programme, urged commercial drivers to assist in saving lives on roads by being physically and mentally fit before driving.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Babatunde Lawal, appreciated the organisers, for the health talk and bringing free health to their doorsteps, saying, they would put what they had learnt into practice, for the benefit of the all.