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IDB supports Kwara health insurance with $ 99,000



IDB supports Kwara health insurance with $ 99,000

By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal

Kwara‘s government said on Sunday that its health insurance scheme was receiving a $ 99,000 grant from the Jiddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

Dr Olubunmi Winter, the agency’s executive secretary, disclosed in a statement to Ilorin.

He said the IDB is supporting the enrollment of an additional 4,500 destitute in the program, which provides free medical care covering many ailments and surgeries.

Winter said the impressive support and goodwill Kwara receives revolves around the government’s initial investments in the program.

She added that around 10,000 more needy people would soon be added thanks to state sponsorship.

“The IDB grant is another laudable achievement since the governor launched the program in September of last year. We expect more from these partnerships and interventions, even as we continue to implement the agenda towards achieving universal health coverage in our state.

“Once again, we commend the Governor for his continued support and efforts to ensure that the people of Kwara State have access to quality and affordable health services,” she said.

Winter described the initiative as a huge success thanks to the governor’s support, adding that people from both formal and informal sectors have started to enter the program, including the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Union of Journalists of Nigeria.

She also revealed that the beneficiaries of the indigent component of the program are spread across the three senatorial districts of Kwara.

Winter also cited a statement from the PharmAccess Foundation as saying that the grant of $ 99,950 will be made available over an 18-month period to support the efforts of the Kwara State Health Insurance Agency.

“It is thanks to a strategic partnership between the PharmAccess Foundation and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to improve access to basic health services in Kwara.

“The grant from the IDB’s Engage and Transform Fund will be used to fund annual bonuses for 4,500 indigent registrants and to support the quality improvement of 25 health care providers over an 18-month period.

“The state government on its own paid the premiums for 10,000 indigent people in the scheme that was officially launched last September.

“In February 2021, the state’s huge investments drew support from the federal government which made it possible to enroll an additional 21,000 indigent people for free in the program,” she said. (NOPE)


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