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Medical Practitioners Call for Compulsory Health Insurance for Civil Servants

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BY RICHARD AKINTADE, OSOGBO - Experts in the health sector have made case for compulsory health insurance for civil servants across board in order to reduce untimely death as many people have failed to pay for health service as occasioned by poverty.

Some experts who gathered at Aenon Suites Hotel, Osogbo, on Tuesday, for a day sensitization workshop organised by Osun State Government in conjunction with United States Agency International Development, USAID, harped on the need to strengthen the health system in the country.

Speaking on "The Concept of Universal Health Coverage and Health Insurance as a Vehicle for Achieving UHC", Dr. Funto Ogundapo, stressed the need for government to cover the health costs of people who can not afford.

She opined that, if the government is able to subsidize the payment, it would go a long way in reducing the health problem of the problem.

Ogundapo who commended the state government of Osun for the priority given to health by making it free for the people, called on the people of the state to complement the efforts of the government by supporting health insurance scheme.

According to Ogundapo, Universal Health Coverage has the potential to transform the lives of millions of people by bringing life-saving health care to those who need it most.

She hinted that, every second, 3 people are pushed into poverty because they have to pay out-of-pocket for health care.

Delivering his paper on "The Role of the Media in Health Care Financing Reform," Dr. Somto Mbelu, charged the media to use their various medium to change the way the people think, especially on the utilisation of health insurance.

Noting that lack of information has in no small measure hindered the success of health care campaign, Mbelu maintained that the help of media would help in shaping and influence people's public opinion about health care.

The Chairman, Osun State Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Niyi Oginni, hinted that a bill to make the health insurance compulsory for every civil servants is before the state Assembly.

He disclosed that the aim of the bill was part of efforts of the Rauf Aregbesola's administration to improve living standard of the people of the state.

In his goodwill message, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lani Baderinwa, stated that the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, is passionate about good health of the people.

He assured that the administration of Aregbesola would not relent in his health programmes such as O'Ambulance, which he said has saved many lives in the state.

Baderinwa who also commended the environmental programme in the state, assured that all the health programmes would continue till November 27 when the Governor would leave the state.

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