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ORANGHIS enrols 97,290 workers, family members in Ondo

By Kemi Olatunde

Ninety seven thousand, two hundred and ninety public servants and their dependants including spouses and biological children below the age of 18 years have been enrolled for the Orange Health Insurance Scheme (ORANGHIS) since its commencement in Ondo State.

Director-General, Ondo State Contributory Health Commission (ODCHC), Dr. Abiodun Oyeneyin disclosed this yesterday while giving his opening remarks at a sensitisation programme for members of the state House of Assembly in Akure.

According to him ORANGHIS enables public servants alongside their dependants draw from a contributory pool to fund their healthcare noting that it makes health insurance available for use in times of need and also mobilizing resources to strengthen accredited public and private hospitals for the scheme.

He explained that it currently has 63 accredited health facilities including government and private hospitals across the 18 local government areas noting that they provide quality healthcare services to enrollees at no cost for covered services including outpatient and inpatient medical care, surgeries, dental and optical care, antenatal care, delivery including Caesarean section and management of diseases in children among others.

While commending the leadership strides and enormous commitment of the Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa towards the welfare of public servants of the state, he hinted that the commission is in partner’s with the Ondo State Drugs and Health Commodities Management Agency to ensure that quality drugs are available in all accredited hospitals.

Commenting on other products of the commission, he revealed that the Abiyamo maternal and child health insurance scheme recorded 14250 deliveries between January 2020 and December 2023 adding that it also recorded 10 and two triplets and quadruplets respectively.

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He said that the Basic Health Care Provision Fund Programme which according to him was flagged off in 2021 has enrolled 50354 vulnerables including 10029 under five children, 477 widows, 7306 elderly and 1430 disabled people among others

Expressing appreciation to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oladiji Olamide, he explained that plan the implementation of ORANGHIS for the Informal Sector that covers about 90 percent of the state population commences soon.

Special Adviser on Health, Prof. Simidele Odimayo commended the commission for its various products including the Abiyamo maternal and child health insurance scheme (AMCHIS), Basic Health Care Provision Fund Programme (BHCPFP) noting that the importance of contributory health scheme can’t be over emphasized saying “it is the bedrock to ensure that the health system is well positioned to care for residents so as to attain a healthy society.

The programme according to him, aimed at intimating assembly members with the needed information on ORANGHIS stating that contributory health scheme is garmane.

He explained that with the scheme in place, better days are ahead in the state describing insurance scheme as Avery important component of the sustainable development goal which aim to achieve universal health coverage which according to him will cover the entire state.

Also speaking, the Speaker, Rt. Hon Oladiji lauded ORANGHIS while pledging the support of the house for the commission in order to have an improved health system in the state.

He called on the commission to improve accredited health facilities to encourage health workers to provide quality care to residents stressing the need for government to reduce the number of health workers migrating from the state.

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Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Hospitals’ Management Board, Dr. Ayodele Adiji stated that there is the redistribution of health workers adding that measures are in place to retain health workers in the state.

Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Director, Disease Control and Immunisation, Dr. Victor Adefesoye stated that government is in the process of recruiting more health workers to fill vacancies in the human resource cadre adding that it will ensure that health facilities are accessible and provide qualitative health care delivery to residents.

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