By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Oyo State Government in its determination to reposition the health care deliver system in the state, has received a commendation from the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services for its giant stride in the sector.
The team, led by the Chairman of Kaduna State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Dr Isaac Zankhai gave the commendation during an understudy tour to Oyo State health insurance agency, on Tuesday.
While urging the state government to remain committed in its vision of ensuring comprehensive health coverage for all, Dr. Zankhai noted that Kaduna State would template on the successes and challenges of the state health insurance scheme to facilitate its proposed contributory health insurance scheme.
He noted that what he has seen so far has attested to the fact that the state government was living up to expectations in the provision of adequate health care system.
Earlier in his welcome remark, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Olusola Akande reaffirmed the commitment of the state government in restoring confidence in the state primary health care system through its health insurance scheme to engender qualitative health delivery for all.
Dr. Akande also explained that the approval of mandatory enrolment of all civil servants in the state on the health insurance scheme, resulted to the wider coverage of the scheme, sustainable health delivery services in Oyo State which has become a reality in line with international best practices of universal health coverage.
While noting that currently the scheme boosted over twenty thousand enrollees, Dr. Akande urged the delegation from Kaduna to ensure it embarks more on advocacy, public enlightenment and sensitization to guarantee the success of the scheme in their state, adding that cross fertilization of ideas across state would impact on national growth.
The delegation as well as top management staff of the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency later paid a courtesy visit on the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo and the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan respectively.