The Ogun State Government has unveiled health insurance scheme for the informal sector.
The new scheme is expected to provide universal health coverage for transport unions, market-trader associations, and households.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who made this known during a pre-launch news briefing in Abeokuta, explained that the premiums (which are enrollees’ financial contributions to the scheme) have been made flexible for these categories of people.
She stated that the contribution would be on a monthly basis and each of the category would pay N1,000 per individual, or N4,000 per month for a family of six which includes father, mother and not more than four biological children under the age of 18.
She explained that the social health insurance scheme would be launched soon by the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, adding that it would be implemented and regulated by the Ogun State Health Insurance Agency (OGHSIA).
The commissioner said the scheme would ensure health care affordability and accessibility for residents, especially the vulnerable, expectant mothers and children in line with global and national agenda on universal health coverage for citizens and residents.
She added that it would be funded through public-private partnership.
Coker disclosed that a similar scheme, “ARAYA”, introduced by the last administration, “died a natural death” because there was no fund to power its operation in the state.