By NIM Correspondent
The Delta State Government has flagged off the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Programme of the State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme.
The event which held at the Jeddo town hall, Jeddo, Okpe Local Government Area, saw the registration of 100 indigenes of Jeddo community into the informal sector, courtesy Mr. Mideno Bayagbon, an indigene of Jeddo.
The Indigent Enrollee Adoption Programme of the Delta State health insurance scheme is an informal sector window, open to philanthropists, companies, foundations and the likes, to adopt any resident of the state and help them purchase health insurance for as low as 7,000 naira, to enable the resident access healthcare for a period of one year.
Flagging off the event at Jeddo community, the Director General of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr Isaac Akpoveta, said the promise of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori as encapsulated in his MORE agenda included quality healthcare delivery, adding that the Governor is the brain behind the health insurance Commission.
Dr. Akpoveta said Government has done well in the healthcare sector, especially with its free healthcare programmes for pregnant women till weeks after delivery, including free cesarian session, as well as free care for children under 5years, and urged the people to remain appreciative and supportive of the Oborevwori administration
The Director General who spoke in the native dialect to drive home his message, disclosed that 1.8 million Deltans were already receiving care in the state health insurance scheme courtesy of the state government, but more needed to be done, as Government cannot do it alone, hence the Adoption Programme.
He commended the sponsor of the #7000 premium health insurance for 100 persons from Jeddo community, Mr Mideno Bayagbon, for demonstrating care for the vulnerable and deploring his resources to help them, and urged others to take a cue from him and adopt as many persons to cater for, in the #7000 premium informal sector programme.
Dr. Akpoveta who brought in the registration team from the Commission, with their printing facilities to provide the registration cards to the new enrollees immediately, said instead of waiting for three months before the Registration cards were distributed to enrollees, the commission had made sure the 100 enrollees collected their cards on the spot and their names imputed in the system, to enable them begin to access care with immediate effect.
The Chairman of Jeddo community, Mr Nathaniel Efemiemie, and some beneficiaries of the programme including some physically challenged, lauded the initiative behind the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Programme, and thanked their son Mr Bayagbon for bringing the opportunity to their doorstep and making them a part of the scheme.
The sponsor of 100 enrollees who is also the publisher of one of the fastest growing online news websites, The Newsguru, Mr Mideno Bayagbon said he had given Jeddo community leaders the opportunity to choose the 100 beneficiaries with specifications of the vulnerable group, especially the aged, and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the healthcare scheme.
Mr Bayagbon urged the Government to reach out to more philanthropists and groups to key into the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Programme, as that would foster a healthier society and boost longevity in the long run.
The Indigent Enrollee Adoption Programme continues across the state.