‘Ondo Contributory Health Scheme to kick off’
By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro has assured that the Contributory Health Scheme which will soon kick off is an avenue to improve the health sector of the state.
The scheme which according to him will be to the benefit of all, becomes the driving force for qualitative health care delivery.
He stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting on Performance Based Financing (PBF) sustainability in Akure last Thursday.
According to him, government is working assiduously to ensure that the state showcases its robust health care system among other states in Nigeria.
He explained that the commencement of the Contributory Health Scheme will assist the state in effectively running the health sector.
Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu while commending the activities of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project(NSHIP), described the project as a success in the state and noted that all have been working to ensure quality output.
While speaking extensively on the sustainability of NSHIP after its expiration in the state in 2020, he described the Contributory Health Scheme(CHS) as a vital tool for the project sustainability and added that the system makes decision making faster and also creates ownership for the community.
Special Adviser to the governor on health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye while analysing some facts, stated that there was no need for sustainability plan rather than ensuring that the CHS works perfectly saying “government has come up with a policy that takes care of pregnant women, under five children and vulnerable group.”
Speaking earlier, Project Coordinator, NSHIP, Dr. Paulinus Omode noted that the state has benefited immensely from the dividend and approach use to finance health in the state.
He stated that it is necessary for the state to deliberate on way forward especially in financing the state health system in order to achieve an increased health care services across the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola pointed out that the CHS will always make sufficient fund available to cater for the health need of the people.
Jegun of Ile-Oluji, Oba Oluwole Olufaderin Adetimehin while calling for a reappraisal of the delivery of health care services especially in the remote areas, harped on the need for community leaders to be involved in order to manage some inefficiencies.
Pioneer Project Coordinator, NSHIP, Aladeniyi Isaac noted that a lot of modifications have to come in if PBF has to be adopted in the state and advised that all other health factors; secondary and tertiary health facilities, must be brought in.