By Benjamin Njoku
Seasoned actress and broadcaster Mabel Oboh has kept to her promise of rolling out an insurance health scheme for Nigerian entertainer as her NGO, Mabel Oboh Centre for Save Our Star, MOCSOS,during the week signed a healthcare partnership deal with Ronsberger Nigeria Limited,
a health insurance company authorized and regulated by the National Health Insurance Scheme to provide qualitative healthcare insurance package for the federal government and other interested parties.
The insurance scheme is being packaged to benefit Nigerian entertainers who often go cap in hand to beg for financial assistance whenever they are down with one ailment or the other.
The seasoned actress last December had promised to roll out an insurance scheme for entertainers which would kick off earlier this year. Expectedly, the scheme finally kicked off durning the week with the signing of the healthcare partnership deal with Ronsberger Insurance company at the company’s head quater in Lagos.
Speaking after the signing of the deal, Oboh expressed happiness that her dream has come true.
According to her, ‘In the history of the Nigerian entertainment industry, this is the first time an entertainer can independently take an health insurance without being a member of any association or group. In most cases, the fees are are usually not affordable let alone having an health insurance ‘
‘MOCSOS is so proud. We have made the impossible possible, For once , Nigerian entertainers have the choice to care for themselves without breaking the bank.’
‘ The good news is that we don’t have any excuse to begging or die carelessly any more.MOCSOS’
Oboh said having access to medical care will automatically puts an end to the incessant deaths ravaging the entertainment industry in recen times. She, however, called on the government at various levels, corporate bodies, well meaning Nigerians and the international bodies to support this noble project to achieve its desired goal.
According to her, the NGO is targeting a reasonable enrollment comprising musicians, actors, dancers, journalists, comedians and sports men and women with a projection to reducing drastically the health issues among the entertainers in this country.
Also speaking, the HMO of Ronsberger, Mr. Daniel Oyeyemi said his company decided to sign the contract with NGO because they belief in the vision , mission and the objective of the NGO. ‘ The NGO’s vision also fits into our own vision in making sure that we provide universal access to healthcare to all Nigerians for a token of fees,” he said.