Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, on Monday flagged off a statewide free health mission while hinting that a N200 health insurance scheme would soon be introduced.
The insurance scheme, according to Ajimobi, will further strengthen the resolve of the state government to ensure that the people of the state access affordable and qualitative healthcare delivery.
The event also saw the unveiling of $2million medical equipment at Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, Yemetu Ibadan, donated by Nigeria Women Association of Georgia and Medishare incorporated.
Ajimobi who asserted the resolve of the state government to revamping healthcare facilities in the state, harped on the need for Nigerians to embark on regular medical check up to avoid untimely death.
“In the next few days, our insurance health scheme will come on board and we will start ‘Walk-to-life’ project among others. With N200 to be paid for this insurance, an individual will have access to free health services in any state health institution across Oyo State,” he said.
“It is safe to say, Oyo State will soon become the Mecca of healthcare services in Nigeria as we have put a lot of premium on the welfare of the people especially in the health sector. The total overhaul of the State healthcare sector, elevation of health institutions to medical training facilities, Free Health Mission, availability of new equipment and the soon to be established Cardiovascular Screening Center at Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital will help in actualizing the vision we have for the health sector.”
State Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan noted that through the State health intervention programs, malaria prevalence in the State has been reduced by 43 percent while polio has been totally eradicated.
The State health handler stated that the Cardiovascular Screening Center that would soon be sited in Ibadan would cover the six Southwestern States, adding that the popular Adeoyo Medical Hospital would become a medical training institution.
“Since 2011, this administration has treated over one million patients under its free healthcare services program and this flag-off is meant to cover around a million patients throughout the State in commemoration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s 6th year anniversary as Governor. We have the present State administration to thank for the turnaround in the health sector in the State,” Dr Adeduntan said.
The representative of Nigeria Women Association of Georgia (NWAG) and Med-Share Inc. U.S.A at the event, Prof. Femi Ajayi said the organization took it upon itself to donate the medical equipment to the State so as to benefit the underprivileged.
He commended the Oyo State government for coming up with ingenious approach to healthcare services as the world was witnessing economic crisis.