Nigeria – The Edo State Health Insurance Commission has registered over 9,604 elderly, physically challenged, pregnant women and other vulnerable persons to benefit from the Equity Plan of the Edo State Health Insurance Scheme (EdoHIS).
Director General, Edo Health Insurance Commission, Dr. Amegor Rock, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Benin City.
He added that the government is sustaining reforms in the health sector so as to improve access to quality and affordable healthcare services to all residents in the state.
According to him, those targeted under the Equity Plan of the state’s health insurance scheme are “children under the age of 5, physically challenged, aged persons from 60 years and above, poor pregnant women and the poorest of the poor.”
“The BHCPF is targeting to register 25,000 residents across all the 18 local government areas in Edo State. The Equity Plan provides health insurance cover for the vulnerable who do not have any source of livelihood,” Rock added.
He noted that the commission is collaborating with the Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EDSPHCDA) and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to ensure that enrollees of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) have access to quality health care.
The Director General disclosed that over 187 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) have been assessed for the program.
The state plans to capture no fewer than one million persons as beneficiaries of Edo-HIS by the end of the year 2021, while about 50 percent of residents in the state would have enrolled for the scheme by the year 2024.