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Lauding good works of ASHIA



ANAMBRA State Health Insurance Agency(ASHIA) is the brain child of the Chief Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano (Akpokue Dike Global) Administration. The affairs of the agency are being ably piloted by the Executive Secretary, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi with a team of motivated, qualified and efficient staff to cater for the health of civil servants and Ndi Anambra in general. The scheme was introduced by Governor Obiano because of his love, compassion and concern for the welfare of Ndi Anambra, their good health and general well-being. For a token deducted from the salary of civil servant’s monthly, a worker in Anambra State, his or her spouse and four children are entitled to health cover for treatment, including laboratory tests, medical treatment for physical, eye, ear, nose, and other ailments. All that is further required of a worker or beneficiary is to register at the hospital of his choice and pay 10% of the cost of his treatment or drugs. The scheme has also been extended to private individuals who can now access quality healthcare on the payment of N12,000 for registration under the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme for one year.

  Through this wonderful project by Governor Willie Obiano, Ndi Anambra can now enjoy pocket friendly, qualitative and efficient healthcare treatment, courtesy of the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency. We all know that health is wealth. Ndi Anambra who key into ASHIA will not have any reason to patronise quacks and Ndi Anambra can now have proper diagnosis for their ailments before commencement of treatment.

  Under the scheme, you cannot have typhoid fever and be treated for malaria because you are under professional and expert medical treatment at any health facility of your choice. There is need to sustain the programme and give it adequate funding to capture more people under the scheme. I want to commend the Executive Secretary, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi and all the staff of ASHIA for all the wonderful works they are doing and His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, for this wonderful initiative.

  I cannot conclude this piece without mentioning the complimentary effort of Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Eberechukwu Obiano (“Osodieme Global”) in the Health Sector with her Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ). Through this singular project, her Excellency has impacted positively on the Health Sector in Anambra State with the treatment of children with cleft ups and positions with wheel chairs, clutches and other forms of financial assistance to physically challenged persons.

   Finally, I pray the Governor to extend the programme to pensioners in the state and give all the necessary logistics to revolutionise healthcare system in Anambra State, while at the same time increasing treatments covered under the scheme.

Uzoka, a lawyer and civil servant  wrote from Onitsha.

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