BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE — The Executive Secretary of the National Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Dr Muhammad Waziri Dogo-Muhammad yesterday, said the scheme had injected not less than N468 million into maternal and child healthcare in the State.
Speaking during a visit to Governor Olusegun Mimiko in Akure, Dogo-Muhammad said “no less than 130,000 lives of pregnant women and children below five years of age had been covered under the scheme in three local government areas of the state.”
He said with the figure, the scheme had covered almost double of its target of 75,000 lives while another 61,000 had been enumerated in three additional local government areas of the state.
The Executive Secretary, who commended the Ondo State Government for prompt payment of its counterpart fund for the project, said the pilot scheme for the Community Based Social Insurance Scheme, would be flagged off in the state soon by the president.
Dogo-Muhammad assured the governor that the organisation was ready to scale up its services in the state, saying the more the counterpart fund paid by the government, the more the coverage would be under the scheme.
While urging the state to enroll workers in the public sector in the National Health Insurance Scheme, Dogo-Muhammad said three states, Bauchi, Cross River and Kano had already embraced the health scheme.
According to him, “21 other states of the federation have shown interest in the NHIS which was a paradigm shift from the usual traditional method of health care financing.
In his response, Dr Mimiko, who commended the scale up programme of the NHIS in the state, promised that the state would continue to pay its counterpart fund for the project.
The governor said though, the public sector has a peculiar problem in term of exposure, the government would partner with the organisation in the area of quality healthcare delivery.