By Chisom Okafor
Awka, Dec. 20, 2020 (MOI) Executive Secretary, Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA), Dr Simeon Onyemaechi has announced that no fewer than 28, 246, less privileged Anambra indigenes will be enrolled into a special health fund.
This is the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund Programme from the National Health Insurance Scheme gateway through ASHIA.
Dr Onyemaechi called on the Ward Health Development Committee Chairmen of the 326 wards in Anambra to submit names of the less privileged indigenes from each of the 21 Local Government Areas of the state into the programme.
The executive secretary said this during Risk Communication training on the 2nd wave of COVID-19 pandemic, organised by the state ministry of Health at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.
“Anambra State has received their own quota of the Federal Government’s Basic healthcare provision fund through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) mapped out for the vulnerable citizens of the state.
He said that the BHCPF would be used to enroll the 28,246 less privileged indigenes of the state into the various Primary Healthcare centres in the state through ASHIA.
Dr Onyemaechi, then, announced guidelines on procedure for collating names of individuals to be enrolled into the scheme.
“The enrollees must ensure that the beneficiaries were indeed less privileged before they can be registered.
“It is essentially for pregnant women, who cannot afford to pay for good hospitals to be able to receive antenatal care and child delivery.
“It is also for children under 5 years to access basic healthcare and the elderly persons to check their blood pressures and at least blood sugar control without financial burden.’’
The executive secretary, then, urged that less privileged pregnant women, the elderly and children under 5, who could not afford hospital bills be added to the list in order to cut down on the number of women that die yearly during delivery as a result of unprofessional care.
“All the beneficiaries of the BHCPF must have a National identification number (NIN), which is one of the criteria for the registration.’’
Dr Onyemaechi appealed to them to inform selected individuals, and those that did not have NIN to go to their different LGs or any bank of their choice to acquire the NIN before the Jan. 4, 2021, the commencement date of the enrolment. (MOI)