By Chisom Okafor

Akpo (Aguata LGA), Jan. 21, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA) has flagged-off a free registration of the 28,246 individuals into the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) being funded by the Federal Government.

The flag-off was held at Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), Akpo, Aguata Local Government Area (LGA).

The event also featured 11 health teams that covered the 11 ward PHCs in Aguata simultaneously.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, while speaking during the exercise thanked Gov. Willie Obiano for making the state a beneficiary through his commitment and provision of basic support and funding.

Dr Okpala commended ASHIA for the good work it was doing and also expressed confidence that the exercise would be well coordinated and fully executed by the Agency.

He urged people of the state to utilise the services provided through the scheme and discontinue patronising medical quacks for their health challenges, which might have resulted in many untimely deaths.

Executive Secretary ASHIA, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi said that 85 persons had been chosen per ward from all the communities in the state to benefit from free healthcare programmes.

“This exercise is expected to reach every ward over the next 5 weeks. At the end of which, no fewer than 28,246 Ndi Anambra will have been registered from across the 326 political wards of the state to benefit.

“Anambra State is able to do this because, Gov. Obiano fulfilled all the requirements by the FG for inclusion among benefitting states.’’

Dr Onyemaechi said: “the exercise will give the people, especially the poor and vulnerable, access to a basic minimum package of services that include antenatal, labour and delivery for pregnant women.

“Treatment of ailments like Malaria, Typhoid, Pneumonia, other chest infections, diarrhea in children, hypertension and diabetes mellitus.

“The programme will ensure that the health indices of the state improve rapidly as access to quality healthcare services will be expanded to the poor members of the society.’’ Mrs Agnes Nwafor, a beneficiary from Akpo community thanked Anambra State Government and FG for the programme and told the authorities to ensure that enrollees were well attended to. (MOI)

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