By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State Government has been commended for what it has been able to achieve in its contributory health insurance scheme.
The commendation was given by the General Manager of Ekiti State Health Insurance Agency, Dr Olusanya Adetoye, leader of the Ekiti state contingent that visited the state on a study tour of Ondo State Contributory Health Commission from the agency.
He said that Ondo state is ahead of Ekiti state in terms of health insurance scheme as it has progressed far beyond his expectation.
He hoped that his state would be able to tap from Ondo state’s wealth of experience as regards its contributory health insurance scheme which was the primary purpose of their visit.
While making his opening remarks, the Director General of Ondo State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Abiodun Oyenehin explained that the state made the giant strides in the scheme due to the state government’s faithfulness in paying the counterpart fund of 60 per cent per each civil servant.
He stated that the state was not owing any health facility as it pays as at when due.
Oyenehin informed the contingent that the commission is fully established with the formal sector and is planning to include other sectors as the scheme expands.
He appreciated the Ekiti state contingent for their visit while describing them as a supportive ally and worthy partner.
He expressed that the meeting would be mutually beneficial to both states.
He said that the commission had visited other states too with a view to having a regional reintegration of the scheme.
Giving an overview during the meeting, an official of the commission, Pharm. Ebikeeyen Ofiyesinka said that a total of 93, 865 people have been registered for the scheme while 56 health care providers have been accredited for the same.