A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Lift Up Care Foundation, has provided health insurance scheme for 100 vulnerable and indigent persons in Kogi Central Senatorial District.
Mrs Lami Onayi Ahmed, Executive Director of the NGO who spoke at the official inauguration of the scheme in Okene on Thursday said the move was to provide quality healthcare for the less privileged.
She said a lot of rural dwellers could not access quality healthcare due to their poor financial status, stressing that the insurance package was aimed at saving lives in the communities.
According to her, studies have shown that health insurance plays a significant role in enhancing health care utilisation, thereby protecting households from catastrophic out-of-pocket health payments.
Mrs Ahmed who is a member of NNPC Board representing North Central reiterated the place of non-state actors in the provision of health insurance for members of the society.
She stated that non-state actors had been deeply involved in providing the required social safety net for vulnerable persons especially children, pregnant women, the aged and persons with disabilities.
“What we are doing here today is a demonstration of our commitment towards making sure our people have the needed access to quality healthcare services.
“This insurance package is to contain and address the catastrophic out-of-pocket expenses and it has been paid for,” she said.
She called on individuals, governments and international donor organisations to partner the foundation in its interventions.
The philanthropist said that the foundation aimed to ensure development in health campaign, education and economic empowerment.
Dr Aledare Adekunle, Executive Secretary of Kogi State Health Insurance Agency, said most people couldn’t go to hospitals due to out-of-pocket expenditure, adding that the gesture covered 100 beneficiaries for one year.
Earlier in his speech, Mr Idris Muraina, Chairman Kogi NGOs Network (KONGONET), described the philanthropic gesture as a big relief to the beneficiaries, saying poverty in most cases prevent people from accessing quality healthcare.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Hafsat Oyamine AbdulAzeez from Okehi LGA thanked the initiator of the scheme and urged well-meaning individuals in the state to contribute to the welfare of the people living at the grassroots. NAN)