By CHUKS COLLINS
ANAMBRA State Governor, Dr Willie Obiano, has announced that the State House of Assembly has passed the bill establishing the State Health Insurance Scheme and that he has also signed it into law without delay.
He disclosed this at the flag-off of a medical mission facilitated and funded by a philanthropist, Chief Chidi
Anyaegbu, an indigene of Amichi community in Nnewi South LGA of the state and CEO of Chisco Group,.
Obiano stated that immediately it was passed by the State House of Assembly, a special committee was set up to advise government on how best to implement the scheme.
According to him, his administration had already earmarked N200 million required to kick-start the scheme before reaching out to wealthy Ndi Anambra and corporate bodies for support.
He praised Chief Anyaegbu for his decision to undertake the mission which he noted would have a tremendous effect on the health of his people. Obiano said it was consistent with his administration’s vision for the transformation of the state health sector.
He appealed to wealthy Ndi Anambra to emulate the philanthropic gesture of Chief Anyaegbu and utilize their wealth to impact positively on the lives of people even as he pointed out that government alone could not effectively perform the task of developing society.
Chief Anyaegbu, in his remarks, noted that the programme was part of his own way of giving back to the society that made him. He said he decided to involve the State Government this time because of the genuine commitment Gov Obiano had shown towards improving the health of the people.
The leader of the Medical Team, Dr Sony Acho, who noted that their major observation was high incidence of surgery-related diseases and advocated constant medical checks upon suspicion of any medical anomaly.
The governor was later conducted round the centre where he observed ongoing surgeries of various kinds by over 40 medical doctors and nurses on the mission.