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The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker has stated that the State Health Insurance Programme was designed to facilitate the sustainable health system for the people of the state
Dr Coker made this statement on Tuesday, while fielding questions from journalists at the commemoration of the ‘2022 World Diabetes Day’ hosted by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF).
She disclosed that the Ogun State government is working towards providing accessible health care system for the people in the face of the growing health challenges in the nation.
Speaking about the health insurance programme called ‘ilera d’ero’, she revealed that the purpose of the scheme is to ensure that health care is not only accessible but affordable.
She said, “Diabetes itself is a non-communicable disease which has an impact on our socio-economic development as a state and as a nation. So, what the government of Ogun State is doing is to ensure that we have universal health coverage for all.
“We are making an effort to ensure all Ogun citizens have access to health care without having to pay out of their pocket and become impoverished. We have put in place the health insurance programme which is ‘ilera d’ero’.
“The ‘ilera d’ero’ programme affords us the opportunity to pre-pay for our health care like N1,000 a month for an individual or N4,000 for a family of six.
“With that one or four thousand naira, you are able to have screening for diabetes that we are commemorating today; for hypertension; cancers such as prostrate, cervical and breast cancer; in our health facilities across the 20 local government areas of Ogun State.” She said.
The Commissioner added that the programme would facilitate easy health checkup to forestall complicated health issue.
She also said that the state government is working towards training more health workers to drive home the goals of the system.
In her words, “Peradventure, if we pick up any disease, early detection is a way of having a good prognosis. Like the lecturer have said that ‘prevention is cheaper and better than cure’.
“It is better to prevent the diseases or rather treat them before they become complications. Some of the things his execellency have to deal with daily are calls for assistance on kidney problems and this transplant cost as much as 15 million naira.
“We have eye service in our primary health centers now to make sure that if people have problems at the grassroot, they have access to d eye checkup at the health facilities, earlier than later.
“We are also equiping our tertiary institutions such that peradventure people pick up diseases that are complicated and require specialist service, the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital is in a position to actually provide that service.
“We are empowering our health workers, training them to make sure that they have the skills needed to respond to the needs of Ogun State citizens.
“In a nutshell, we are building a sustainable health system to respond to the health needs of the Ogun State people,”she submitted.
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