COVID-19: We’re issuing insurance certificate in phases due to logistic challenge, says Ogun Commissioner

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The Ogun state commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker has disclosed that the government has begun the issuing of insurance certificate to the health workers in the state.

Coker however said the certificates were issued in phases due to the logistic challenges in the face of the pandemic disease in the state.

The Commissioner in the press statement, said government had enrolled about 8, 000 health workers in the State Health Insurance Scheme.

She described it as the “first of its kind” in the country.

She also called for more commitment from all health workers across the State toward defeating Covid-19, saying the present administration would continue to prioritize their welfare.

Coker said that the State government is committed to leading new innovations in the health care sector, adding that plans are in place to reverse the negative trend of events in the sector.

She explained that both clinical and non-clinical members of staff, who have varying levels of risk at work, would benefit from the insurance scheme, revealing that the certificates were already being reeled out in phases.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Ogun State Government has in its employ about 3250 health workers at the Local government levels, 3200 at the state health facilities and MDAs and about 1300 @ the Teaching Hospital level”

“The Certificates are being issued in phases due to the logistic challenges of most organisations in the face of Covid 19 pandemics”, She said.

The Commissioner called for the cooperation of all stakeholders to defeat the virus, as this is also crucial to moving the health sector forward in the State.

“This is a critical period when we need the solidarity of the Nigerian Medical Association, National Association of Government General and Dental Practitioners , National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and a host of other professional Association in the State”, She added.

She added that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration would always appreciate the doggedness and commitment of health workers to the well-being of the entire citizenry.

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