The Ondo State Contributory Health Commission (ODCHC), on Thursday, said no fewer than 400,000 residents of the state would be registered in the first phase of its contributory health scheme.
The commission’s General Manager, Dr Abiodun Oyeneyin, who made this disclosure at a press conference in Akure, said the commission would make sure that 10 per cent of 4.6 million of the residents had health insurance cover.
Oyeneyin said that the commission had called on organised labour unions in the state to continue discussions with civil servants to avail themselves of the scheme.
He also said that sensitisation programmes were ongoing to engage the members of the informal sector on the likely amount to be charged by ODCHC as premium for the informal sector health insurance plan.
The general manager said that the state government was committed to paying a certain premium for the benefit of the pregnant women and children under five years old in the state.
“This scheme is tagged Abiyamo Maternal and Child Health Insurance Scheme and it was inaugurated on Dec. 3, 2019.
The state government is also considering procurement of health insurance cover for people with disabilities. This is to ensure universal coverage of the vulnerable in the state,” he stated.
Oyeneyin said that apart from the vulnerable persons, all other residents were expected to pay a premium for their health insurance under the ODCHS.
Oyeneyin urged the governments, citizens and donors to contribute to the scheme.
”Health insurance is the most effective and evidence-based contributory mechanism for health across the world,” he said.
He called on well-meaning individuals and bodies to procure health insurance plans for their aged parents, family members and friends, adding that churches and mosques should also do it for their indigent members.