The Ogun government is to start community-based health insurance scheme (CBHIS) in August, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, the Commissioner for Health, has announced.

The commissioner made the disclosure at a news conference in Abeokuta on Friday.

Soyinka said the project was part of government’s effort at reducing high mortality rate in the state.

He noted that the Out-Of Pocket System, through which health care is majorly accessed in the country, made it extremely difficult for many people to access quality medical attention.

‘’There is a lot of demand on the limited financial resources available to individuals, families and communities.

‘’This makes it extremely difficult to set fund aside for accessing unplanned or emergency health care needs.

‘’The issue of un-affordability in accessing healthcare services is a key component affecting the health-seeking behaviour of the populace, which ultimately results in poor health indices nationally,’’ Soyinka noted.

He said the state had therefore deemed it necessary to commence a process that would put the CBHIS in place.

The commissioner said it was part of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun’s effort to deliver on his promise of providing quality and affordable healthcare delivery in the state.

According to him, the pilot scheme will commence in five local government areas in the state in August.

He listed the areas as Ipokia, Abeokuta South, Ijebu-Ode, Yewa North and Sagamu. NAN

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