Delta Aims For 100,000 New Health Enrollees

He emphasized that for just N7,000, an individual can secure year-round health insurance coverage provided by the state.
By Helen Dimaro

Delta State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Onojaeme, has unveiled a new initiative to enroll an additional 100,000 individuals into the State Contributory Health Scheme. This initiative commemorates Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s first 100 days in office.

During a recent live broadcast to the people of Delta State, Dr. Onojaeme explained that this effort aims to enhance healthcare accessibility in alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 3, which strives for improved health and well-being for all citizens.

He emphasized that for just N7,000, an individual can secure year-round health insurance coverage provided by the state.

“What this means is that once you are registered with the contributory health scheme with the sum of N7,000, you will enjoy free primary and secondary health care which includes free surgeries like Appendectomy, Herniorrhaphy (hernia operation) and other minor surgeries for an entire year after which you are expected to renew.

“Recall that children under 5 years and pregnant women are already being covered for free medical care by the state Government which includes caesarean session and other maternal complications,”

Dr. Onojaeme also urged generous individuals, philanthropists, traditional leaders, religious figures, and political officeholders to sponsor their constituents and followers, ensuring their access to free primary and secondary healthcare.

Dr. Onojaeme’s commitment to the cause was evident as he personally registered one thousand individuals from the informal sector into the scheme. This initiative will undoubtedly expand access to free healthcare in Delta State, aligning with the SDGs.

Delta State currently leads the nation in contributory health insurance with over 1,441,109 enrollees, including 1,261,806 under the equity plan, covering categories such as pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under five. As of July 31, 2023, the formal sector accounted for 158,462 enrollees, while the informal sector contributed approximately 20,841 enrollees. The statistics show 769,367 enrollees under the age of 5, 492,174 maternal enrollees, and 265 elderly enrollees.


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