The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka says the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHRS) ‘Araya’ of the State Government was expected to capture Two Hundred Thousand (200,000) enrollees this year.
The Commissioner revealed this during an interview with newsmen in Abeokuta.
Dr. Soyinka added that over Forty Thousand people have enrolled as at February, 2015 in the 6 pilot Local Government Areas namely Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ifo, Ado-Odo/Ota, Ijebu – Ode, Sagamu and Yewa South, stating that accredited Health Management officials are available at the Primary Health Centres and other designated places for registration.
According to the Commissioner, “with the renovation of health facilities alongside provision of equipment , drugs and capacity-building of health workers, Araya has come to stay and the State is capable of enrolling 200,000 people this year, but presently a total number of 42,200 have registered while efforts are being intensified to scale up State-wide soon”.
Dr. Soyinka also noted that the commitment of the State Government on the scheme has exposed the State to international communities which has brought about several commendations, financial, material and expertise support for the successful, implementation and sustainability of the scheme.
He then charged the accredited Health Management Organizations (HMOs) on the scheme to brace – up and reach out more to the Board of Trustees (BOT) and communities for a clear understanding of the scheme.
The Commissioner implored the residents of the State to embrace the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme, saying that it is the surest way to access qualitative health care services.
Dr. Soyinka emphasized that the enrolled pregnant mothers, children under the age of 5 years and elderly above 70 years still stand to enjoy free health care while others needed to pay a premium of Four Thousand (N4,000) per annum under the scheme.