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COMMISSIONER for Health, Vincent Okpala has said that the introduction of Mobile Health Insurance in Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA) is a new dawn in the healthcare sector toward effective healthcare financing.

  Dr Okpala stated this while declaring open a pre-testing and training on the use of mobile technology for Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA) staff members and healthcare providers at  Prof Kenneth Dike State Library Auditorium, Awka.

  The commissioner commended the state government for the continued support to the health sector of the state that had enabled people of the state to be enjoying quality and affordable healthcare services.

  “It is truly an honour to identify with the progress; with what we are currently experiencing in the state we understand that for healthcare to work you have to focus on the six basic building blocks.

“The six basic building blocks are service delivery, information and human resources, financing, leadership and governance, medicine and technologies. 

  “The most important is health financing and that is where health insurance is.

  “The Executive Secretary of ASHIA has done a good job in the healthcare sector of the state and we are happy that at this point in time we have a health economist heading the agency.

  “Not just a health economist but somebody that is a field man who wants to get things done and still reports it at healthcare and health financing.

  “That is why we have ASHIA with its accolades and now it has got to a new page with mobile health insurance.”

  He explained that mobile health insurance is a new dawn in health Insurance as the system had made it possible for people to enroll.

   The commissioner also noted that mobile health insurance would help people to enroll into the scheme using either their phone numbers or mobile application without stress.

Executive Secretary ASHIA, Simeon Onyemaechi, explained that the mobile Insurance was introduced to enable more persons to be adopted into the scheme by men and women of goodwill in the society.

  He said that corporate organisations in search of an objective avenue for corporate social responsibility could also enroll the less privileged into the scheme using the Mobile Adoption platform.

Dr Onyemaechi, also Special Adviser to the Governor Obiano on Health Matters, who is also said that the agency developed the mobile adoption tree with full support of the European Union (UN) and World Health Organisation (WHO).

  “With the collaboration of the National Social Safety Coordinating Office of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, we enumerated the vulnerable members of our community using the World Bank community- based approach.

  “The list that has been uploaded in the platform is for your use as an adopter to pay a premium for those persons who ordinarily cannot do it for themselves.”

  He noted that the platform also enables people to pay their ASHIA premium in installments using an electronic wallet system that would save the contributions until the required amount is completed.

  “This is a major revolution in the health insurance business in Nigeria for which we are grateful to the EU and WHO for making this a reality.’’

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