Health insurance Scheme: Cross River State Govt to register one million people in 2020

Health insurance Scheme: Cross River State Govt to register one million people in 2020

By Larry Onwuta

The Cross River State government in its effort to address some challenges in health sector has promised to Register one million people in 2020 under its social health insurance scheme known as Ayadecare.

Governor Ben Ayade through his aggressive move to reposition the sector maintained that the state government would ensure that health facilities in the state, are up and ready within the first 3 months in the new year.

 

In a press statement made available to Reformist online news magazine, the newly appointed Commissioner for health in Cross River State, Dr Betta Edu said the state government intends to make 12 millionaires amongst the poor and vulnerable .

Dr Beta Edu also noted that the much awaited Calabar Pharmaceutical Company would commence test-run operations within 6 months, in the new year while revealing that N100 million naira has been made available for the smooth take off of the Ayadecare program in the state.

The measures, according to the state government will ensure the Ayadecare scheme commence fully in all its general hospitals and primary healthcare facilities one per ward across the state.

It would be recalled that the Ayadecare scheme was signed into law by Governor Ben Ayade, in 2016, and was flagged off.

The commissioner for health while disclosing this and other important plans of the government towards reforming the health sector in the state also revealed plans to introduce health lottery where people can play and win monies.

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She also stated that the state government would be using basic healthcare provision funds to fix all the healthcare centres in the state and would provide funds for their operations.

Dr Betta Edu, said government would overhaul the entire general hospitals in the state, stating that all the 15 general hospitals in the state have been placed on red alert.

In her words:”we intend to renovate, equip and bring doctors,  healthcare workers on locum basics,employ some permanently into the service, employ house officers and collaborate with federal ministry of health, and teaching hospital residence to do their posting at our general hospitals.

“to integrate the whole health sector including all the agencies in the health sector and help them to function effectively in no areas lacking behind.” She added

On the plan to create 12 millionaires, the commissioner said the millionaires will emerge when a person register up to 10 persons which will make them qualify to win the one million naira. The draws will be taking place every month thereby creating 12 millionaires at the end of the year.

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