DSCHC Takes Tertiary Institutions Social Health Insurance Program, TISHIP, to UNIDEL

By Pat Gbemudu

In line with the state government’s agenda of ensuring MORE access to better healthcare for residents of the state, the Delta State Contributory Health Commission (DSCHC), has enrolled students of the University of Delta, Agbor, into the Tertiary Institutions Social Health Insurance Program (TISHIP).

The initiative, which is in recognition of the pivotal role tertiary institutions play in shaping the future of citizens, was flagged off last week at the Dennis Osadebay University (DOU), Asaba.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of DSCHC, Olorogun Dr. Isaac Akpoveta, said the TISHIP held immense benefits for students of tertiary institutions including UNIDEL, adding that with the program, students will have access to comprehensive healthcare services both within and outside the school premises.

Dr. Akpoveta, disclosed that the coverage of TISHIP extended beyond the borders of Delta State, as students can access quality healthcare wherever they may be.

He stated that since inception, the DSCHC has made remarkable progress in fulfilling its mandate of ensuring healthcare remained accessible and affordable for all residents of the state, pointing out that the commission has implemented various programs aimed at ensuring access to quality healthcare across the State.
These programs, according to Dr. Akpoveta, include, the Equity Health Plan; Formal Health Plan; Informal Health Plan; and the Access to Finance Initiative for the residents in hard-to-reach areas of the State, while the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Initiative (IEAI), Artisans Enrollees Inducement Initiative and TISHIP make up the rest of the initiatives currently ongoing in the commission. “Through these initiatives, the commission has been able to significantly increase healthcare coverage and improve health outcomes for residents of the state”, he said.

Disclosing the commission’s plan to assist healthcare facilities in the State tertiary institutions, the DG commended Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his support to the Commission, even as he thanked the Commissioners for Higher Education, and Health, Prof. Nyerhovwo Tonukari and Dr. Joseph Onojaeme, for their support in driving the implementation of TISHIP and providing quality healthcare services in the state.

Dr. Akpoveta also commended the Vice Chancellor and Management Team of the University of Delta, Agbor for their support and commitment to the TISHIP program, noting that their collaboration with the DSCHC in implementing TISHIP, would play a pivotal role in advancing the MORE AGENDA of the State Government and ensuring that students have access to superior healthcare services without financial hazards.

Earlier in her remarks, the Vice Chancellor of UNIDEL, Prof. Stella Chiemeke disclosed to the students that the premium health package had been included as part of their school fees and encouraged all students to quickly register for the program.

Prof. Chiemeke lauded the commission for initiating the TISHIP, even as she commended Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his commitment to providing quality and affordable healthcare for students and residents of the state in general.

Highlight of the program Included presentation of DSCHC identity card to enrolled students at the ceremony venue and the presentation of an award of “Health Insurance Ambassador” to the VC by the Director-General of the commission.

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