By Patricia Gbemudu
The Director General (DG) of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Olorogun (Dr.) Isaac Akpoveta, has reiterated the commitment of the Commission to increase access into the healthcare delivery system in line with the M.O.R.E.Agenda of the Oborevwori Administration, in order to protect Deltans from the catastrophic effect of high medical bills.
Dr. Akpoveta stated this when he played host to the executive of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Asaba Zone, in his office in Asaba.
The DG noted that the present administration remained firm in ensuring that all projects started by the previous administrations are completed for continuity for the good of Deltans and residents in the state.
He appealed to members of the NMA to key into the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Initiative of the Commission, urging them to buy Health Insurance for indigent persons in their neighbourhood.
Dr. Akpoveta noted that about 380 persons had been registered into the scheme in the recent past, courtesy of individuals, unions and associations that hailed the Initiative.
The DG reemphasised the commitment of the commission to double the number of the enrollees into the scheme before the end of the first tenure of the present administration, adding that the target was to retain Delta State as the number one in health insurance scheme management in the country.
Earlier, the Chairman of NMA, Asaba Zone, Dr Christopher Otene, said the association had carried out a massive public health enlightenment campaign and assisted relevant agencies in stamping out medical quackery in the state.
Dr. Otene added that the association was collaborating with other state governments and non-governmental bodies to advance health, and empowering people to make informed health decisions, while also assisting them in the provision of smooth, efficient and effective healthcare services.
The Chairman said the appointment of Dr Akpoveta as DG was well deserved, given his hard work to strategically position the commission to the enviable heights it had attained when he served two tenures as pioneer Chairman of the commission.
He observed the exemplary lifestyle and commitment the DG had shown to service through his unwavering commitment to doubling the number of enrollees in the contributory health insurance scheme within one year in the state, and expressed confidence in his ability to ensure access to quality healthcare services for all residents in the state, irrespective of socio-economic status and geographical location.
Dr Otene commended the state governor for the appointment and reiterated the willingness of the zone to collaborate with the commission in organising public awareness campaigns to educate residents about the advantages of enrolling in the health insurance scheme and participating in expanding the network of participating healthcare providers, to complement efforts of the state government towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health And Wellbeing) in the year 2030.