BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government has said its data collection drive will provide adequate information to ensure that all residents in the state are provided with adequate and affordable health insurance cover.
The Director General (DG), Edo State Health Insurance Commission, Dr. Rock Amegor, said the commission’s mandate is in sync with the state’s Data to Make Edo State Again (MEGA) exercise to ensure that health services are accessible to Edo residents.
He said the agency is targeting to register 26,000 residents who are without regular means of income and other vulnerable persons to access affordable and quality healthcare services in the state.
“The data being collected is critical to all sectors of the state and the health insurance leg of it is not left out. As the enumerators move from community to community, the data they collect is essential to learning the health behaviour of the people and their capacity to enlist on the health insurance scheme.”
“There is no denying that there are vulnerable people in the state who require very close attention. We would find out with the enumeration exercise. So, it helps our mandate,” he said.
Amegor added, “The State’s Insurance Scheme has provisions for Edo residents, from civil and public servants under the employment of the state government, to traders, artisans, students and other private individuals.
“The Health Insurance Scheme is an initiative of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration designed to provide fully operational health insurance coverage for all Edo residents.”
He assured that the scheme will provide a solution to the difficulty in accessing quality and affordable medical services, reduce out-of-pocket spending and mortality rate in the state.
Amegor urged residents to take advantage of the scheme to access quality and affordable health insurance cover.