By Jonathan Awanyai
GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said contributory health insurance scheme will provide a pool of fund to ensure Nigerians have access to quality healthcare facilities.
According to the governor, “health insurance scheme will assist Nigerians. By paying some premium, people will have access to good health care. It has worked in many places and it will be in our best interest to key into the programme.”
Speaking at a town hall meeting for the people of Ika South Local Council at Agbor, Okowa disclosed that his administration has insured vulnerable people in Delta State to enable them benefit from the contributory health insurance scheme being run by the State.
“For the vulnerable people, government is taking care of the premium of children who are 5 years and below, pregnant women and once our resources improve, we will capture the elderly,” Okowa said.
While noting that plans were in final stages to capture civil servants in the state, the Governor called on the informal sector to key into the insurance scheme, reiterating that “every family should key into the contributory health insurance scheme because of the benefits.”
He thanked the people of Ika South for the existing peace in the area, observing that such would lead to its speedy development.
Okowa also called on parents to pay critical attention to their families as such would reduce societal ills.
He said cultism and other social vices would be a thing of the past if parents were creating time to find out what their children were doing, observing that there were things that could not be taught in school but only be learnt from home.
He reeled out the achievements of his administration and assured the people that he would continue to deliver on his electoral promises of ensuring infrastructural development and empowerment of the people to be entrepreneurs through skill acquisition programmes.
Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, and other top political office holders accompanied the Governor to the town hall meeting which was attended by traditional rulers, leaders of thoughts, representatives of trade unions, and different communities, among others in Ika South Local Government Area of the state.