Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State
Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State

Edo Governor Launches Health Insurance Scheme

Bernard Femi

The administration of Godwin Obaseki has marked another peak of excellence, as the governor will be launching the Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme across the state on the 31st of October.

The aim is to make sure that the residents get accessible and affordable health service, according to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie.

Osagie revealed that the governor will be launching the Social Health Insurance Scheme/Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) and the 20 revamped primary healthcare centres under the Edo State Health Improvement Programme (Edo-HIP) at the Ofunmwengbe Primary Healthcare Centre in Okada, Ovia South-West Local Government Area.

He further noted that not less than 20 primary healthcare centres across the 18 local governments of the state have been revamped to enhance the Compulsory Health Insurance Law so as to reduce the bill of health services and encourage good healthcare.

Also, one of the laudable achievements of the Obaseki administration is the renovation of the Edo Specialist Hospital which will be opened to the public soon and the training of 500 individuals as midwives, nurses and community health extension workers.

According to him, the benefit of the plan includes “Antenatal care, referred antenatal care to secondary healthcare facility, ultrasound in pregnancy, induction of labour, normal delivery and post-natal care, cesarean section in secondary healthcare facility and management of eclampsia, maternal sepsis, and newborn sepsis.”

Other services that would be rendered include, child OPD treatment (children under five years), referred child treatment to secondary health facility, treatment of severe acute malnutrition, immunization, malaria treatment in adults, chronic disease screening, family planning, emergency stabilization and emergency ground transportation.

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