Kogi to Establish 63 Centres in 21 LGAs to Boost Healthcare Delivery

Ibrahim Oyewale in Lokoja

Kogi State Government has pledged to establish  three primary healthcare centres in each of the 21 local government areas in the state as part of efforts to  improve healthcare delivery in the rural areas.

The state Governor, Usman Ododo,  announced this while speaking at the commencement of the free health insurance scheme under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in the state.

Ododo expressed delight for the success so far recorded in the enrollment of civil servants in the formal sector healthcare plan and the enrollment of vulnerable and indigent population in the state under the basic healthcare provision fund in the state.

The occasion marked the launch of the access to healthcare for thirty-two thousand enrollees in the formal sector healthcare plan; Forty-One Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty-Seven enrollees in the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund and launch of the 10-year strategic plan of the Kogi State Health Insurance Agency.

Governor Ododo used the occasion to commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his unwavering support for the government and people of Kogi State through the provision of basic healthcare provision fund to cater for the wellbeing of the people under the Renewed Hope Agenda of the president.

According to Governor Ododo: “The president has shown trust, confidence and believe in the capacity of the younger generation and this has provided a stable platform for the Kogi State Government to deliver good governance to the people of the state.

“We cannot thank the president enough for the various interventions in health, especially at the primary healthcare level through the Basic Healthcare Provision Funds (BHCPF) aimed at meeting the healthcare needs of the vulnerable and indigent Nigerians.”

Ododo who commended his predecessor, Governor Yahaha Bello, for the bold initiative to set up the Kogi State Health Insurance Agency, noted that the audacious efforts of his predecessor has become the solid foundation for the development of access to healthcare by a reasonable spectrum of the population of the state.

“The huge investment made in the health sector has provided a solid foundation for us to build on to improve our health system and secure a healthier future for the good people of Kogi State,” Governor Ododo said.

He assured the state that his administration would continue to consolidate on the strides achieved in the health sector by expanding access to healthcare and revitalising the Primary Health Care Centres across the state for improved service delivery to the people of Kogi State.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Adams AbdulAzeez Adeiza, stated that the launch of the access to care programme in the state would mark the end of out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare in Kogi State.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Secretary, Kogi State Health Insurance, Dr. Aledare Adekunle, said Kogi State has made a good start in the journey to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) with about 122,046 already enrolled into the access to care programme in the state.

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