The Ogun State Government says the provision of quality health care service delivery to the pregnant women and children under age 5 through Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS), “ARAYA” in conjunction with Save One Million Lives (SOML) would be its top priority, as the programme would scuttle across the 20 Local government areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye made this assertion at the streets sensitization tour of the Health Insurance Scheme “ARAYA” to Ogijo, Sagamu, Ikenne, Ilishan Remo and Odogbolu areas of the state.
Represented by the Director of Health Insurance in the Ministry, Dr. Afolabi Dosunmu, said the state government had made enough provisions for the primary care services, secondary care services and maternal and newborn health care, in order to reduce maternal and child mortality rate to the barest minimum in the state.
He added that the present administration-led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun had made primary health care service delivery free for the under privileged women and children under age 5 in the state, noting that no one is exceptional in this scheme.
“You will be attended to without paying money, provided your ailment falls within the category of ailments to be treated free under the scheme, but if you are not attended to in any of these accredited health centres, then call 08123959690 and 08099814748,” He said.
Some of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Hassan Aminat, a pregnant woman from Ogijo and Bello Opemipo, a nursing mother from Ikenne respectively appreciated the state government for the initiative, saying that it would afford them the opportunity to attend maternity centres regularly and reduce cost being spent in hospitals.
They urged those that have not keyed into the programme to do so in matter of urgency, saying that when programme is first introduced, people do ignore it believing that government wanted to fool them but at long run they would find themselves to blame for not doing it at an appropriate time.