NGO rates ODCHC best on health insurance
By Kemi Olatunde
For being outstanding in its insurance programmes in Nigeria, Ondo State Contributory Health Commission has been given an award by an Abuja based Non Governmental Organisation, NGO, Save and Serve Humanity Organisation (SASHO).
The Commission was presented with the Certificate of Integrity Stewardship award by the Executive Director of SASHO, Abubakar Oyibo in Akure.
In his opening remarks, Oyibo who described the award as part of the organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility noted that the state emerged the best after research mostly data based, was carried out in the state.
While commending the efforts of the commission at achieving Universal Health Coverage through its various insurance programmes he noted that both Ondo and Lagos States were nominated from the South West region of the country, adding that the health policy programme of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is second to none.
Describing health as the focus in the edition of the award, he applauded the commission’s display of ethical leadership in health insurance programmes among others and advised that it continues to add more value to the system in order to enable people benefit from more health programme.
The Director-General of ODCHC, Dr. Abiodun Oyeneyin was also honoured with the award of integrity stewardship ‘service ambassador’.
Oyeneyin in his response, commended the organisation for counting the commission worthy of the award. He expressed appreciation to Governor Akeredolu for the vision to set up the commission with the mandate of providing health insurance for residents and also appreciated him immensely for giving the Commission the opportunity to be part of the success story of his administration.
He stated that the task of leading a dedicated team of health insurance experts in the Commission was made easy by the unflinching support of the Government.
While also thanking the Health Commissioner, Dr. Banji Awolowo Ajaka and the Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele for their continued support which according to him has helped the commission achieved success, he gave kudos to ODCHC staff for their support and contributions to the progress of the commission.
Oyeneyin noted that the award will encourage the commission, saying “we believe that charity begins at home. We may not be able to change the world, country, but we can change our space and make more impact.”
He explained that over 35,000 residents have benefitted from the Abiyamo Maternal and Child Health Insurance Scheme ( AMCHIS) with over 9,000 babies delivered, while the Basic Health Care Provision Fund Programme which caters for the underprivileged has over 20,000 beneficiaries with additional 10,000 beneficiaries in pipeline before the end of the year.
He said that the Orange Health Insurance Scheme (ORANGHIS) which was flagged off in September 2022 by the Governor has registered over 80,000 beneficiaries.
Describing UHC as the way to go, he assured of more commitment in achieving it and also stem the tide of people leaving the country to access medical care.
While noting that SASHO is encouraging people making impacts in Nigeria, he called for collaboration between it and the commission.
Director, Finance and Administration, ODCHC, Mrs Foluke Olakanye while giving the vote of thanks described SASHO as a reputable organisation that pushes for sane and corrupt free society by rewarding personalities that have been subjected to thorough assessment and found worthy.