Health insurance agency, best all-time gift to Ndi Anambra
By Chisom Okafor :
Awka, Sept.16, 2020 (MOI) The establishment of the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA) is one of the biggest gifts that Gov. Willie Obiano will bequeath to Ndi Anambra.
``In years to come, the Governor will be remembered for instituting the Anambra version of National Health Insurance Services,’’ the Executive Secretary of ASHIA, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi said.
He was speaking at the ``Meet The Media’’ an interactive forum created by the Governor’s Media Team to provide insights into the performance of agencies of Government.
``It will not just serve Ndi Anambra but will lead the way toward achieving Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.’’
He hailed the State Government for its continued support in backing healthcare delivery in the state through this health insurance scheme.
Dr Onyemaechi, who doubles as Special Adviser to the Governor on Health matters, noted that since the establishment of ASHIA in 2016, the agency had recorded tremendous successes in the distribution of affordable and quality healthcare services to people of the state.
``What the government has done with ASHIA and what we have here is another National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the making.
``Establishment of ASHIA is geared toward enabling Ndi Anambra to understand the importance of good and affordable healthcare for its people in an organised health system.
``I say with all modesty, due to our humble contributions to the works of the government in ASHIA.
``Not less than eight different states – Imo, Abia, Nassarawa, Gombe, Akwa Ibom, Plateau, Enugu and Ebonyi have come to understudy the operations of ASHIA and have already started implementation of same model in their respective states.’’
``This is an opportunity for the wealthy citizens of Anambra to enroll people from their communities into the scheme.
``The model makes it possible to carry everyone along and not just civil servants and wealthy people.
``It enables the wealthy, the poor, sick, healthy infants and old to enjoy affordable and quality healthcare services.’’
Dr Onyemaechi said that the sustainability of the System was assured as ASHIA was now backed Anambra State law.
``The law shields it from effects of change in leadership of the state, as it provides mandatory health insurance cover for all residents of Anambra State.’’ (MOI)