[From ANIEKAN ANIEKAN, Calabar]
Residents of Cross River State are expected to pay 1000 naira monthly for health insurance.
This was disclosed by the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade while launching the state’s health insurance scheme tagged; AyadeCare.
The governor demanded maximum accountability from the managers of the scheme for the overall good of the people and announced that a third party trustee will manage the funds.
“Let me make it very clear that Cross River State from today will more than ever be committed to health. Governance in any third world economy should focus on the people. When the people are stable, then they will generate income.
“As we launch this health insurance scheme, AyadeCare, every taxable adult, who has an income is mandated to contribute a token of One thousand naira monthly.
“The third party would manage the distribution of drugs and support services at the various health centres and the referral hospital across the state.
“Let the strong pay for the sick, the rich pay for the poor. The humane thing for any wealthy individual or corporate organisations to do is to make healthcare affordable for the vulnerable and poor in the society. I also advise the fund managers to avoid the temptation of mismanaging the contributions,” Ayade urged.
In a speech, Professor Mohammed Sambo, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, said that the Nigerian Government signed the National Health Acts of 2014 into law in response to the poor health outcomes across the country.
“Section 11 of the National Health Act mandates the establishment of a basic Health Care Provision Fund to support the effective delivery of Primary Healthcare Services, provision of Basic Minimum Healthcare Package and Emergency Medical Treatment to all Nigerians.”
He further disclosed that NHIS has disbursed 250 million naira to the Cross River State Health Insurance Scheme to enhance enrolment and provision of support health services all enrollees.