By Akpan David, Calabar
The federal government has began to disburse the sum of N6.5 Billion to boost the National Heath Insurance Scheme (NHIS) services in 15 states yet.
Executive secretary of NHIS, Prof Muhammed Nasir Sambo disclosed this at the UJ Esuene Stadium Calabar when Governor Ben Ayade launched Ayadecare Health Insurance Scheme to cater for the very poor persons in the state.
“We are pleased to report that the scheme has commenced implementation of this statutory assignment with the disbursement of #6.5billion naira to 15 states and the Federal Caputal Territory.
Sambo said such states have fulfilled the requirements for inclusion in the NHIS.
He expressed happiness that Cross River State, having successfully met the conditions was able to flag off the commencement of enrollment into the Ayadecare.
According to the NHIS boss, they have opened a window of succour and new possibilities for the people of the state.
Speaking at the launch of Cross River State health insurance scheme (Ayade are), Gov Ayade reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring that all Cross Riverians enjoy quality and affordable healthcare.
He charged the Cross River state Health Insurance Agency, CRSHIA, “to cater to the vulnerables particularly in terms of their healthcare because you must be people centred.”
He urged the citizenry and corporate organisations to key into the scheme, saying the goal of his administration was to take healthcare to all parts of the state, including the hard to reach areas where drones would be used to distribute drugs.
“As a government, I am conscious of the fact that we have 196 wards. I have a challenge of providing 196 vehicles that will be responsible for the management, movement of men and materials across each ward to ensure that anybody who is sick will have access to the primary health care centre.
“I therefore call on all public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to please come to the aid of Cross River, to use Cross River as a model where even the poor, those who have zero income have insurance”, Ayade said
The Cross River state governor stressed that with enrollment into the health Insurance scheme with just N1000, the people of the state can now acces quality health care.
“This insurance programmes are geared towards those who have no income. So for you to be zero income earner and still have medical attention that can attract the cost of 5 million or 10 million or above, shows the commitment, the will, and the might of kindness of our administration.
“I call on every single resident in Cross River to enrol into the scheme. Go to our primary health care agency or to our main ministry and register,“ he said.
Director-General of CRSHIA, Sir Godwin Iyala in his remarks commended the governor for his foresight and health friendly policies describing the commencement of the enrollment as “yet another historic milestone in His Excellency’s quest for good health for our people.”
Iyala assured that CRSHIA’s would be embarking on an aggressive enrollment drive to see that all Cross Riverians are captured in the scheme.