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Public servants, others commend govt over health insurance scheme



Residents of Anambra have commended the state government over take off of Anambra Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA).

Anambra Government recently joined federal and other state government across the federation to commence implementation of the health insurance scheme.

The scheme, managed by ASHIA had since begun operations within the state while partnering with various hospitals to ensure that citizens could enroll in hospitals of their choice.

A civil servant, Amarachi Nwankwo expressed delight at the scheme, while thanking the governor for establishing ASHIA.

“I visited my hospital over a routine ill-health issue at which I previously pay as much as N2, 000 but was surprised to be asked to pay paltry sum of N200.

“This is because my health insurance card has been activated. The amount represents only 10 per cent of my bill for accessing medical services. I am very happy our governor is really concerned about workers’ welfare.”

Mrs Nwankwo, then, commended the government for such welfare package which benefits not just workers but also their dependants as well.

Chinedu Okafor, another public servant, thanked the government for creating the scheme as it made quality healthcare affordable for him and his family.

“I and my family members can freely go for proper medical treatment knowing full well that I will be able to afford the bill.

“I thank Gov. Willie Obiano for quality healthcare delivery at almost zero cost to me,” Mr Chinedu added.

Ego Okoli, whose daughter is a civil servant but had enrolled as a dependant, confirmed that she accessed treatment at a reputable health facility as a result of the scheme.

`The most amazing part is that one can choose even private hospitals or any hospital of your choice and still continue to benefit from the scheme.

“The scheme does not impose specific hospitals on anyone,” she said.

An industrialist, Johnson Okekenta described the scheme as a blessing, as this would offer lasting solutions for affordable medicare.

Mr Okekenta, however, called on other industrialists, who are yet to enroll workers in their employ to take advantage of the scheme so that their staff could access quality healthcare.


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