AXA Mansard has reiterated its commitment to the development of community health insurance system in the country.
Tope Adeniyi, the Managing Director made the commitment at the commissioning of the Nathaniel Idowu Community Health Centre at Eni Osa, Lagelu/Akinyele Local Government Area in Oyo State.
He said the company through its HMO would bring technical supports on health insurance by partnering with community health centers and University College of Medicine in Ibadan.
Adeniyi said: “At AXA Mansard, we support community health insurance system, we have an HMO (AXA Mansard Health) that focuses on building community health to make sure that they have better health care at an affordable cost. In order to ensure the sustainability of this initiative, we partner with community health centers, providing them with customized packages and technical support that enables persons requiring health attention from these centers pay little token in accesses health attention”.
Explaining why AXA Mansard chose to impact on community health by undertaking this initiative, Adeniyi noted that one of the company’s critical objectives is to develop and empower people to live better life.
His words, “In throwing our weight behind this initiative, we developed a model that will ultimately help in achieving universal health care for the nation. “We do not intend to stop here but to extend this service to all teaching hospitals throughout the nation, making them to partner with community health development centers for sustainable health care delivery system across the country”, he added.
In his remark, the chairman of the occasion and the chairman senate committee on health, Senator, Lanre Tejuosho lauded the initiative and said it has been the plan of the federal government to introduce 10,000 primary health care centres across the country but this could not be achieved due to lack of funds.
“We are very happy that individuals, organizations are taking it upon themselves to fund and establish health care centres. Lack of primary health centres made it compulsory for teaching hospitals to take up the services of primary health care centres, we are working at the senate to collaborate with other stakeholders in the health sector to establish more health centres by the end of 2018 so that the centres can take back its roles as primary health care centres in the country”.
The representative of the Minister for Health and Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH), Temitope Alonge in his remarks said that primary health centres serves as the preventive health centre and are needed to be established and more visible because of its closeness to the people in the rural areas. We are helping this centre by making sure that our medical doctors visit the health centre constantly to assist the people in the community.
The chief host and the governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi who was represented by his deputy Alake Adeyemo said the project is appropriate in the sense that Oyo State government is planning to establish and uplift Primary Health Centres. He charged the community to make good use of the centre and make the environment condusive for the smooth operations of the centre. The governor expressed his gratitude to the family of Nathaniel Idowu for their great gestures to the community.