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Friday, August 20, 2021

Ogun Takes Health Insurance To People In Informal Sector

•••Introduces N4, 000 monthly health insurance for each household 

...Targets road transporters, others

•Dr. Coker(3rd from left) 



Adekunle Mariam,  Abeokuta

Ogun State government has taken health insurance scheme to people in the informal sector in bids to make healthcare affordable and accessible to residents.

The social health insurance scheme will be launched soon by the State governor, Dapo Abiodun.

The Commissioner for health, Dr. Tomi Comer,  who made this known during pre - launch press briefing in Abeokuta,  the State capital, said the premiums, (which are enrollees' financial contributions to the scheme) have been made quite flexible. 

Coker said the contribution shall be on a monthly basis at a cost of N1,000 per individual or N 4,000 per month for a family of six to include father, mother and not more than four biological children under the age of eighteen. 

She explained that the scheme would be implemented and regulated by the Ogun State Health Insurance Agency (OGHSIA). 

She identified the target groups under the Informal Sector Health Insurance Schemes as Road Transport Unions: NURTW, RTEAN, Motorcycle Transport Unions: Acomoran, Amoran, Markets/Trade Unions and Iyaloja Association of Nigeria, Ogun state chapter.

Others are butchers, fish sellers association, plank seller association, tailors, hairdressers, barbers, farmers association, traditional rulers and religious leaders. 

She explained that scheme make healthcare affordable and accessible for residents, especially the vulnerable,  children and pregnant women, in line with global and national agenda on universal health coverage for citizens and residents.

Coker added that it will be funded through public and private partnership.

Fielding questions from reporters, the health commissioner disclosed that similar scheme - ARAYA,  introduced by the immediate past administration, "died a natural death" because there was no funds to power in operation. 


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