One hundred beneficiaries from Amawbia community in Awka South Local Government Area have been enrolled into the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme.
The beneficiaries were selected from the six villages of the community and are made of up under- privileged men and women.
Our man Paul Ezeoke filed the reports that the enrollment took place at the Amawbia Town Hall.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the Executive Secretary of Anambra State Health Insurance Agency ASHIA Dr Simeon Onyemaechi explained that the scheme will enable them to access quality health care services at any selected health facility of their choice at very little cost.
Dr Onyemechi made clear that beneficiaries with ASHIA identity card should not pay consultancy or registration fees of any kind and should not also pay for laboratory services to diagnose their type of ailments while ASHIA also covers fifteen days of admission in hospital and twenty-one days in surgery related admissions.
He said Anambra State Health Insurance Agency does not cover Cancer related ailments while the Agency would help to link beneficiaries to hospitals where they could access treatment for illnesses not covered in the policy at reduced cost.
Dr Onyemechi expressed satisfaction that the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency adoption model where privileged individuals pay for under privileged individuals is presently being emulated by many States including Oyo, Osun, Nasarawa, Delta and other states while the National Health Insurance Administration Bill before the National Assembly contains the adoption model as a method of getting informal sector to participate actively in the scheme.
In her remarks the Co-ordinator of the programme in the community, Mrs. Rita Chike Odumodu said the leaders of the various villages and other stakeholders helped to select indigent members of the community for the scheme.
In their separate reactions some of the beneficiaries including Mrs Grace Onwuzuigbo and Mr Kanayo Okolo thanked the State Government for the initiative which they said is impacting positively on lives of the people.