Aji­mobi flags off com­pul­sory health in­sur­ance scheme for res­i­dents

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Jeremiah Oke, Ibadan

Gov­er­nor Abi­ola Aji­mobi of Oyo State yes­ter­day said the re­cently launched state health in­sur­ance scheme will be made com­pul­sory for all res­i­dents in ac­cess­ing gov­ern­ment ser­vices.

Aji­mobi said dur­ing the launch of the N50 bil­lion health­care en­dow­ment fund held at the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Univer­sity of Ibadan, that peo­ple would not com­ply un­less the scheme was made com­pul­sory.

Aji­mobi as­serted that par­ents would be asked to show their health in­sur­ance cards be­fore their chil­dren could be en­rolled in schools. “The com­pul­sory reg­is­tra­tion will start from civil ser­vants and par­ents in the state to corporate or­ga­ni­za­tions and all em­ploy­ers of labour,” he said, ex­plain­ing that em­ploy­ers of labour would be forced to reg­is­ter their staff as a way to en­sure that all and sundry keyed into it.

He added, “Our duty as gov­ern­ment is not only to pre­serve the health­care but to en­hance it. We are adopt­ing Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) ar­range­ment in our man­date to de­liver. Our tar­get is to part­ner all and sundry in han­dling and fund­ing of health­care de­liv­ery in the state.”

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