By Dayo Johnson
ONDO State government has earmarked N200million as health assistance scheme for persons suffering from different ailments in the state this year.
Consequently, over 500 persons have applied for assistance in the scheme introduced by the Dr Olusegun Mimiko-led administration.
Speaking in Akure yesterday during the disbursement of the first batch of over N48.7million to the beneficiaries, the Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Adegbenro said out of the 500 persons that have applied, only 250 got their applications approved.
According to him, “another 300 applications were being processed by the relevant government agencies. The 250 persons were among those who collected various amount from the Ministry of Health Wednesday.
Adegbenro who distributed cheques to about 200 persons said the government is aware of the financial limitations of the people, hence the intervention in providing health succour to them.
According to him, Governor Olusegun Mimikoâ€™s government has initiated different free health policies which include free health service for children under the age of five, Abiye Save Motherhood programme and Health Insurance Scheme for people living in rural areas of the state.
Since not all the people that have health challenges would be able to benefit from the governmentâ€™s free health policies, Adegbenro said the government decided to provide direct fund for the people with different ailments.
Some of the beneficiaries got N1million each while others got N500, 000. Six persons got wheel chairs while others have their hospital bills settled by the government.
Adegbenro justified why government did not give direct cash to some people, saying that it was in their own interest and to ensure that the fund would not be misused.