Ayade flags off C/River universal health insurance scheme

... donates N250m as seed fund

Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, yesterday launched the state comprehensive health insurance scheme, christened Ayadecare.

The scheme which also targets the vulnerable as well as the zero income earners in the state got N250 million as seed fund from Governor Ayade. 

While the governor donated N200 million on behalf of the state, the sum of N50 million was on behalf of Ayade and his family.

Speaking at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, venue of the launch, the governor said the May 28 launch, a day set aside to celebrate the Nigerian children was deliberate as it sought to give priority to children and women who are the vulnerable in the society

"The state will invest  heavily in the scheme  to ensure  quality  and affordable health care  services  for our people", Ayade said, while advocating for Federal Government  support to ensure  the success  of the programme  in the state.

Justifying the launch of the scheme, the Governor said "the scheme  is a clear indication  that the state is in the right path to ensuring  prosperity  and better health services for the people.  Our children must have access to the scheme  and the launch of the programme on Children's Day  is to celebrate the children who are leaders of tomorrow. "

Ayade, while commending the lawmakers from both the National and State House of Assembly for offering to subscribe for 500 persons in each of their political wards, noted that the scheme will  take care  of the very poor in the society.

Also speaking,  the Speaker,  Cross River State House  of Assembly,   Hon.  John Gaul Lebo,  commended Ayade  for the scheme, noting that with the launch, the governor  had shown a strong commitment to a better health  care in the state.

The speaker assured  the governor of continuous legislative  support  for the scheme  in the state.

In his remarks,  Special  Adviser on Insurance,   Chief Godwin  Iyala, commended Governor Ayade  for the initiative,  and disclosed that  the scheme was designed  to put more money in the pockets of Cross Riverians.

According  to Iyala,  an average family  in Cross River spends at least  N25,000 monthly  on health and that by "this scheme, we are determined to ensure health governance. It is to ensure  affordable and qualit healthcare.  Cross  Riverians  are very happy with the governor. The universal health care is now at our door steps  and we will ensure it succeeds."

Director-General of the state Primary  Healthcare  Agency,  Dr.  Betta Edu  said Ayade  has taken measures with the launch of the scheme to  improve the  health care  of Cross  Riverians

According to her, "less than five percent  of Cross  Riverians  have access  to health care. It will enhance  quality  and affordable  healthcare"

A representative of the National  Health  Insurance  Scheme,     commended  the governor  for the scheme,  noting  that it was to provide safety net for the needy in the society  and guarantee  improved  health. He assured  the state  of the Federal Government's support  to ensure  the success  of the programme.

Commissioner for Health, Dr.  Inyang  Asibong said  the launch  of the scheme  was in fulfillment  of the governor's  deep vision  for healthcare  in Cross River State.
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