Hon. Frank Esenwa Purchases Health Insurance for 200 Indigent Constituents

…as DSCHC Flags off Indigent Enrollee Adoption I in Oshimili North

By Eunice Emeyazia

The member representing Oshimili North in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Frank Esenwa, has purchased health insurance for 200 indigent persons drawn from the various towns in the Local Government.

The beneficiaries mostly elderly, were registered into the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Initiative of the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Commission at Ibusa, during the flag off of the initiative in Oshimili North.
The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Dr. Isaac Akpoveta, in a keynote address, said the initiative was part of ongoing efforts to enhance healthcare accessibility and inclusivity within communities in the state.
Dr. Akpoveta said with #7,000, anyone could purchase health insurance for the indigent around them to access quality healthcare from any health facility of their choice, for one year.
” The Indigent Enrollee Adoption Initiative is a clarion call to all well-meaning Deltans, both home and in the diaspora to support the indigent persons in their constituent to live a better life, to purchase health insurance for a neighbor to enable him access quality health care without the fear of paying high medical bills, to enable him live a healthier life, and as you all know Health is wealth.
“It is a clarion call on the political juganuts, the political leader, the local government chairman, the honorable commissioner, the elected member of the state house of assembly House of Representatives and the Senate, and all the political appointees of Oshimili North extraction and indeed the entire Delta State
“It is a clarion call an the rich men and women, the High Net worth Individuals (HTS) in Oshimili North local government and indeed on all Deltans home and abroad to purchase health insurance for the less privileged” he said.

Describing Hon. Esenwa as a philanthropist per excellence, the DG said the gesture of the honorable member towards his constituents was an example of true leadership and compassion, even as he noted that Hon. Esenwa had broken record as the first person to purchase health insurance for 200 persons under the scheme in the state
“…This kind gentleman has purchased the health insurance card for 200 members of his constituent and they have been enrolled and listed by DSCHC to receive quality health care in any hospital of their choice in the State. This exemplifies true leadership and compassion…
” For us at the health insurance commission we are not only clapping for him, we are today honoring him with the award of Health Insurance Ambassador of Oshimili North, and indeed of Delta State, for giving M.O.R.E to his people. The Chief M.O.R.E advocate of Delta State, H.E. Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori appreciates you, as indeed the Board and Management of the DSCHC.

Dr. Akpoveta said the Commission has made remarkable progress in fulfilling its mandate, especially with the implementation of various programmes, which has helped increase healthcare coverage and health outcomes of the people.
” These programs include the Equity Health Plan; Formal Health Plan and the Informal Health Plan, in addition we are implementing the Access to Finance Initiative for the hard to reach areas of the state, the Tertiary Institution Social Health Insurance Program (TISHIP) for students, the Artisans Enrollee Inducement Initiative and of course the Indigent Enrollee. Adoption Initiative (IEAI), which we are flagging-off today in Oshimili North LGA. Through these initiatives, we have been able to significantly increase healthcare coverage and improve health outcomes for our people” he said.

The DG said over 1,890,000 persons in Delta state have so far registered in the scheme as of February 2024, which he said indicated the confidence of Deltans in the commission and its programmes, even as he reiterated the Commission’s commitment to expanding the reach and impact across the state.

He thanked Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his continued political will and financial support to the commission, and urged stakeholders to continue to support initiatives aimed at expanding healthcare access for all residents of the state.

The Chairman of the Commission, Dr Austin Obidi in his earlier remarks, stressed the importance of collaboration in addressing challenges in healthcare, and commended Hon. Esenwa for showing concern for the health needs of his constituents.
While saying that the insurance scheme and the upgrading of health facilities across the state, was a testament of the state government’s commitment to providing more health benefits for Deltans, Dr. Obidi urged the people to spread the good news to everyone around them.

The member representing Oshimili North in the state House of Assembly, and sponsor of the programme, Hon. Frank Esenwa, said he decided to key into the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Initiative, to reduce the health stress of his constituents, given the increasing cost of drugs and economic hardship in the country.

Hon. Esenwa recognized the role of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in bringing health insurance into the state, describing the scheme as laudable, even as he beckoned on others to embrace the programme.
Some elites in Ibusa Community who spoke including the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Oshimili North, Special Apostle Michael Nwokobia, PDP Woman leader in the area, Mrs Grace Odiakose, lauded the gesture.
Beneficiaries who spoke including a 67 year old physically challenged retiree, Charles, who has been battling health challenges, expressed joy as they thanked Hon. Esenwa for looking in the direction of their health.
Hon. Esenwa was later awarded Health Insurance Ambassador by the Commission.

The DSCHC was established by the Delta State Contributory Health Commission Law of 2015, which was enacted to provide a legal framework for the administration of healthcare financing. provision, and delivery in Delta State.

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