….As Hoodlums Cart Away Drugs, Nets, Computers
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Executive Secretary of Osun Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS), Dr. Niyi Oginni on Monday disclosed that over N120million worth of property was lost to the invasion, vandalisation and looting of the agency’s headquarters on Saturday.
Addressing journalists on the extent of losses incurred by the agency, Oginni further revealed that office equipment including electronics, ICT equipments, furniture medicines drugs carted away by hoodlums was valued around N77.7 million.
Recounting the ordea, he said “on the said day, rampaging hoodlums besieged the agency’s head office and OHIS Drug Distribution Centre (OHIS DDC) that share the same compound with the state central medical store which housed the mosquito nets currently being distributed across the state by the state malaria programme.
“The hoodlums who were said to have observed that there were many heavy duty and luxurious vehicles moving in and out of the complex on Friday 23rd, October, 2020 suspected that the warehouse must contain some COVID-19 palliatives and decided to storm the complex with all manner of weapons and tools on the said day”.
He recalled that the state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola had last year released the sum of N150million take-off grant to establish the agency and another N470 million as equity grant to fund the vulnerable programme of Osun Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS) which is meant to provide quality healthcare for the poorest of the poor at no cost to them whatsoever.
“Over 167,000 enrollees including civil servants, self employed and vulnerable indigent persons are already enjoying the scheme with another list of 24,712 vulnerable persons and people living with disability whose vulnerability status has just been validated waiting for enrolment and empanelment to healthcare facilities where they would have started receiving healthcare free of charge from November, 2020. There are 86 healthcare facilities both public and private already providing primary and secondary care to our enrollees across the state.
“In addition, in order to ease the problem of out of stock syndrome of medicines for OHIS enrollees the Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola gave approval for the agency to establish OHIS Drug Distribution Centre with a seed stock of 25,000,000 Naira to supply medicines and consumables to all government hospitals accredited for service provision under the scheme.
“This way our enrollees have been enjoying supply of drugs contained in our Essential Medicine List whenever they present to our hospitals. This incidentally is the first of its kind to be operated by any state health insurance agency in the country and has now been vandalized with more than half the drugs carted away by hoodlums” he stated.
The Executive Secretary, however, appealed to residents of the state and all landlords who see electronic equipments, computers, printers, furniture, generators, refrigerators and drugs being brought to their houses to please law enforcement agents promptly.
He urged the looters to take advantage of Governor Oyetola’s 72 hour amnesty period to return the loots as the opportunity may not be enjoyed after the expiration of the ultimatum.