Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State said the State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme will become operational in a couple of weeks so as to provide universal health insurance coverage for all Deltans.
Speaking when he received a donation of four trailer loads of medical devices and equipment from the Chairman, Martha Charity Foundation, Ambassador Immanuel Omoefe, in Asaba, Okowa stated that his administration is in a haste to implement the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme to provide quality and affordable healthcare to Deltans.
“The Delta State Contributory Healthcare Scheme is a healthcare financing programme designed to create a system where individuals or group of people make specific contributions for their healthcare cost, thereby giving them access to a defined package of quality healthcare services anytime they need it; any subscriber to the scheme does not have to pay cash at the point of service delivery which is often not available in times of critical need.
“The concept of contributing to healthcare cost is to create a pool, spread the financial risk and ensure sustainability. I am happy to announce that the scheme will commence this month and it is mandatory for all residents.”
Okowa emphasised that his administration would pay greater attention to primary healthcare delivery as it reaches the grassroots, disclosing that more than 400 primary healthcare centres are in the state and they would all be fully utilised to ensure that people have access to health facilities no matter their location.
“We will pay a lot of attention to primary healthcare delivery as we have 402 primary healthcare centres in the state and we need to bring all of them to a state of functionality,” he asserted.
While commending the donor of the medical equipment, the governor directed the ministry of health to ensure that they are distributed and put to use in hospitals and health centres within 48 hours.
He called on other Deltans to emulate Ambassador Omoefe, disclosing that the state needs the participation of the private sector to impact on the lives of the people.
Earlier, Ambassador Omoefe disclosed that his foundation in partnership with MEDSHARE International donated the medical equipment to the state government because there would be sincerity in their distribution and usage, reiterating that Okowa has shown evidence of honesty which has endeared his administration to well meaning individuals and organisations.

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