Kwara State health insurance is getting wider acclaim, with the Jiddah-based Islamic development bank supporting the enrolment of 4,500 more indigents to the scheme
The technical partner to the State Government on health insurance PharmAccess said one of such engagements has yielded positive results and is delivering free medical care covering many ailments and surgeries.
PharmAccess said they’ll be continuous advocacy to donor agencies and developmental partners on behalf of the Kwara State to support the efforts of the state government so as to enable acceleration of the scheme uptake.
Also that a grant of $99,950 will be made available over an 18-month period to support the efforts of Kwara State Health Insurance Agency through a strategic partnership between PharmAccess Foundation and Islamic Development Bank, IsDB, to increase access to basic healthcare services in Kwara State.
The grant from IsDB Engage and Transform Fund will be used to finance the annual premiums for 4500 indigent enrollees and support the quality improvement of 25 Kwara healthcare providers for a period of 18 months.”
Explaining that the State Government had on its own paid the premiums for 10,000 indigents to the scheme that was officially launched last September.
In February 2021, the huge investments by the state attracted federal government’s support that has seen the free enrollment of additional 21,000 indigents to the scheme.
Executive Secretary of the Kwara State Health Insurance Agency Dr Olubunmi Winter said in a statement on Sunday that the impressive support and the goodwill Kwara State is receiving revolve around government’s own initial investments in the scheme,
Dr Winter added that 10,000 more indigents will soon be added on state sponsorship.
He hopes for more of these partnerships and interventions, even as they continue with the implementation of the towards achieving universal health coverage in the state.
The Executive Secretary commended the Governor for his continued support and efforts in ensuring that the people of Kwara State have access to quality and affordable healthcare services.
Furthermore describing the initiative as a huge success on account of the Governor’s support, in which the people in the formal and informal sectors have started keying into the programme, including the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
Finally noting that the beneficiaries of the indigent component of the scheme are spread across the three senatorial districts of Kwara State.222