Governor Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Governor.

In its capacity to make healthcare affordable, the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, OYSHIA, yesterday, announced that it is targeting to get 450,000 residents of the state in its health insurance scheme program.

This was made known by Dr. Olusola Akande, the Executive Secretary of the agency, during the opening of a two-day media dialogue on the theme: Improving Access and Uptake of Healthcare for Children and Women through Social Insurance Scheme in Oyo State, which was organised by the state Ministry of Information in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) and OYSHIA, in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.

While emphasizing the importance of the health insurance, Dr. Akande pointed out that the scheme was setting money aside to enhance the heath care delivery in the state, while one is medically okay, adding that it became important for people to visit doctors as occasion demands with the intention of determining one’s health condition.

Describing health insurance as guide against financial hazards, spreading of risks and pooling of risk to ensure that people remain healthy with little financial resources, the executive secretary upheld that healthcare was not curative alone, but also preventive, adding that health insurance changes the health-seeking habit of an individual.

Also speaking at the event, Dr. (Mrs) Adebola, the Health Specialist of United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, Akure Field Office, expressed sadness that the state has only 22 medical doctors engaged by the Oyo state government.

She noted that the state has 248 nurses/midwives, 166 community health workers, 922 community health extension workers and 747 health assistants, emphasizing that no child should be left in increasing access to healthcare.

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