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ASHIA has reduced preventable deaths in Anambra – Onyemaechi

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 EXECUTIVE Secretary, Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA),  Simeon Onyemaechi has said that the state health insurance scheme had drastically reduced mortality rate in Anambra.

  Onyemaechi stated this at Umuchu Civic Centre, Aguata Local Government Area, during a health outreach programme organised by the lawmaker representing Aguata one  Constituency in the state Assembly, Dr. Carter Dike Nnamdi Umeh.

  He said people in the rural areas  would  no longer die out of preventable causes due to lack of money because the barriers of seeking alternative herbal medicine and patronising patent medicine dealers have been taking care of through the state health insurance scheme.

  The ASHIA boss noted that the health insurance programme of the state government has equally reduced delays associated with seeking healthcare, reduced out-of-pocket catastrophic expenses, reduced poverty and ultimately increased life expectancy of the citizens because people will no longer die of preventable causes.

    According to him, ASHIA has about 273 accredited hospitals in its scheme and there is no community in the state where the agency does not have a health facility operating  the state health insurance programme.

  Onyemaechi noted that the state health insurance programme was designed to provide quality healthcare at affordable rates to Anambra citizens and that the essence was to ensure that people do not die from preventable causes.

  He said Governor Willie Obiano had institutionalised the processes that would lead to the attainment of universal health coverage through the establishment of the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme.

   The medical expert explained that the scheme allowed beneficiaries to enjoy comprehensive healthcare packages at ASHIA designated hospitals on presentation of their registration identity cards, stressing that the ASHIA identity proof enables the individual to access very subsidised healthcare services.

 Dr  Onyemaechi, who also disclosed that over 85,000 persons have enrolled in the state health insurance scheme, said that the poorest of the poor could comfortably access medical care without the phobia of exorbitant hospital deposits and bills because Governor Willie Obiano has done the payment beforehand

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