Oyo State Government says it has enrolled 45,000 poor and vulnerable people under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, made this known at the launch of the programme on Friday at the Aafin Primary Healthcare Centre in Oyo, Atiba Local Government area.
Adeosun said that this was part of Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration’s efforts to provide free medical services for the people.
She said the vision of the state government was to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all residents of the state where no one was left behind in accessing healthcare.
Adeosun extolled the state government for availing the residents of the state the opportunity under the BHCPF scheme.
She enjoined the enrollees to take advantage of the opportunity under access to care scheme without paying out of pocket.
The SSG performed the symbolic distribution of BHCPF ID cards to the enrollees.
She reiterated the commitment of Makinde’s administration to achieving UHC.
Also, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, (OYSHIA), said, “Oyo State is about to witness the final push toward Universal Healthcare in Oyo State and Nigeria at large.
” Akande, said at the official flag-off ceremonies of access to care under BHCPF, that the Federal Government, through the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has made available a total amount of N450 million in the first tranche and N264 million in the second tranche for enrollment of 37, 500 lives.
He, however, announced that through the innovation of the agency, the same amount of money would be used to enroll 45,000 residents of the state into the scheme.
The Secretary to the State Government also assured successful enrollees that they could access care without paying out-of-pocket through the ID card issued to them by the agency.
The Basic Healthcare Provision Fund’s primary objective is to help achieve Universal Health Coverage and enhance access to primary healthcare services for Oyo State citizens, especially the poor and the vulnerable, women, children under five and children in orphanages.
Present at the flag-off ceremony were the Oyomesi led by High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, the Oosorun of Oyo; the General Manager, NHIA, Lagos office, Mr Olufemi Akingbade; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Adesoji Adeyanju; the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Muyideen Olatunji, among others.
As the state flagged off access to care, under BHCPF, the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency have empaneled 22,018 lives into 127 PHC’s across 33 LGAs. It has also paid capitation into all of these facilities for effective healthcare service delivery to enrollees.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has inaugurated the newly renovated and equipped General Hospital Tede in Atisbo Local Government area, after a long period of neglect.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the General Hospital, Tede, was renovated and equipped by the state government through the State Health Insurance Agency Scheme (OYSHIA) from capitation on its scheme.
In his remarks, Makinde said healthcare delivery is a major pillar of his administration.
On the four agenda of his administration, the governor said: “We are collaborating with the security agencies to keep our people safe and secured.
“We have invested in education, expanding our economy and security.
The fourth pillar is healthcare.
” He promised residents of the area that the”Light up Oyo” would be implemented in Tede, as well as the enrolment of 1,250 people in health insurance from the two communities for the next one year.
Also, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary, OYSHIA, said that to achieve universal health coverage, there has to be places to access quality healthcare.
“What we are doing is in line with the vision of Gov. Seyi Makinde, who has an objective of ensuring that healthcare services are available to every citizen of the state, regardless of social status or location.
“This General Hospital in Tede is one of the manifestations and what OYSHIA is simply doing is to align with the direction of the government in implementation of qualitative healthcare facilities and equipment,” Akande said.
The OYSHIA secretary said the General Hospital in Tede, dilapidated for over 15 years and worsened by torrential rainfall of over 10 years, had been brought back to life.
He commended the healthcare workers, who had continued and persisted in giving care with the horrendous state of the hospital before the overhaul of the facility.
Akande said training and retraining would be continuous in ensuring that personnel get a hold on the use of the equipment provided for the hospital.
“The essence of the health insurance with our agency is to have about 2,500 people enrolled in the facility, such that the facility will be receiving N500, 000 monthly from OYSHIA for its sustenance aside what it will get from the government,” he said.
Also, Fasasi Adeagbo, the Chairman, Atisbo Local Government, commended the governor for bringing development to the state.
“This hospital was renovated and equipped in line with his vision despite economic hardship in the country.
“We thank him for what he has done because many people in Oke-Ogun will benefit from the hospital, they won’t have to travel to Ibadan for care,” Adeagbo said.
According to him, to ensure sustainability of the hospital, the local government will sponsor people’s treatment through the health insurance scheme yearly and also be responsible to support it financially and otherwise.
Also, Dr Salisu Salawu, the Head of General Hospital, said it was a delight for the general hospital, being the oldest hospital in Oke-Ogun to have received a complete overhaul and state-of-the-art facilities.
Salawu said: “The condition of the hospital was terrible before and like 12 years ago, the whole roof was blown away by wind, but with the help of community leaders and philanthropists, they were able to fix some parts.
“Since the creation of the hospital, it has not received a total renovation like we are witnessing now and equipping.
“The whole hospital has been renovated and it has also been stocked with state-of-art equipment in the theatre, laboratory and even wards.
” According to him, the hospital has electronic delivery machine, borehole powered supply system, newly installed 20 KVA Diesel Generator, backed with solar power and a newly constructed fence.
It also has street light to serve as a hub for all the primary healthcare centres in both Atisbo and Saki East Local Governments.
He said that before the renovation, about 200 to 250 patients were accessing care, but in the last one and half months of its renovation, more 500 patients received care in July only.
Some of the patients at the hospital, Mrs Mutia Yusuf and Mrs Aminat Oladejo, who delivered sets of twins, appreciated the state government for refurbishing the hospital and equipping it for the good of residents in the area.
No fewer than 500 people in eight communities in Ido Local Government Area (LGA) of Oyo State benefited from the free medical outreach organised by Rotary Club, Ibadan Jericho Metro.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the outreach, held on Monday at Ladunni village in Ido LGA, had seven other villages as beneficiaries.Mr Oluseye Diyan, President, Rotary Club Ibadan Jericho Metro, said the programme was one of the projects for the 20222023 rotary year.Diyan stated that the Club, in partnership with a number of other sponsors, organised the outreach to cater for the health of people in the rural area.He said 500 community members from eight communities in Batake, Ladunni and other villages around Ido LGA were beneficiaries.“We have brought them here through the Primary Health Centre at Ladunni village for the free medical outreach.”He said the essence was to provide medical facilities for the members of the communities in very far away from town who didn’t have any medical facilities around them.“We are here to kick start the project, hoping that the healthcare facility would come alive.The Oyo State Government would send medical personnel to the centre.“Members of the community are being tested for malaria, blood sugar, blood pressure and deworming.About 20 doctors are on ground and other medical personnel, volunteers from University College Hospital and the United United States of America are all available.“This is our own way of doing Rotary business and helping the less privileged, thereby putting a smile on the faces of people in the rural areas,” Diyan said.“We have liaised with the Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme (OYSHIA) to sensitise people to the need for them to have health insurance and we will also pay for the health insurance scheme of a good number of them to kick-start this process.”One of the partners who organised the outreach, Dr Kemi Sanni, Founder of ConnectDcare Inc.USA, said the foundation started in 2013 in conjunction with other partners, in collaboration with Ogun, Oyo and Lagos Governments.“From our statistical research, we found out that local areas like this don’t have access to healthcare and even those that are in the city that do have access cannot afford it.“This is just a supplement to help our people because not everyone can afford healthcare.”Sanni stated that it was imperative for people to have regular check ups twice a year and minimum once a year.She said 90 per cent of those examined were hypertensive and wondered how they kept going about with high blood pressure.Also, Dr Sola Akande, Executive Secretary, OYSHIA, stated that partnership with the government was inevitable to enhance quality healthcare delivery.Akande noted that with enrollment into the scheme, there would be funds to sustain the health care facility in the communities.Some beneficiaries of the service, Toyin Oladeji and Taye Adegbite, expressed gratitude to the organisers of the medical programme.NAN reports that other partners for the outreach include Naykash Healthcare, Hope For All Inc, GHL Foundation, Ken and Sara George, Huston, Texas, USA.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde says his administration will make primary healthcare system functional and affordable in the state.
Makinde stated this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the newly-renovated ALGON Comprehensive Health Centre, at Eyin Grammar community, Ibadan.
He said that healthcare development was one of the priorities of his administration, and the government would continue to invest in the system.
According to the governor, the state government has developed a new funding structure for Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), and will follow the policy of paying counterpart funding wherever it is required.
” Oyo state paid a sum of N250 million as state counterpart fund for the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRIN) a World Bank project that commenced in March 2020.
“We paid a sum of N100 million as state counterpart fund on the Basic Health Care Fund project, also paid N19 million counterpart fund for the Integrated Medical Outreach Programme by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
“As I said in my One Year in Office Broadcast, we will start seeing the results of our new funding structure in the months to come.
“Before we came into office, we were determined to ensure a turnaround in our healthcare sector.
“In order to achieve this, we made health care one of the four pillars of our manifesto, the Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State 2019-2023,” he said.
Makinde said that since his administration took over the affairs of the state, it had made healthcare development one of its priorities through policies and actions.
“For example, here in Oyo state, we have 721 Primary Healthcare Centres, or PHCs for short, across the 351 political wards. Although this number is not enough, our top goal is to make what we have functional and affordable.
“So, in revitalising the PHC service system, we are starting with the strengthening of a minimum of one PHC per ward. Therefore, we are focusing on renovating and equipping 351 PHCs in the state, for a start.
“We started with the PHC in Oranyan community in Ibadan and used that as a standard for the subsequent ones,” he said.
On the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) the governor disclosed that the state had been able to register 58,000 beneficiaries for health insurance and would start mobilising the community to bring more on board.
Earlier, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary of the OYSHIA, said the healthcare centre was the second renovated PHC by the state government through capitation from Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme.
Akande said the facility was complete with the basic features of OYSHIA, accredited PHCs and had been equipped with medical equipment, furniture, solar power installation and a 40kva diesel electric generator.
The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) says it will collaborate with operators in the state’s health sector to ensure adequate precautionary measures to check outbreak of the coronavirus in public primary schools.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of the board, stated this at a meeting with the Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, in Ibadan on Tuesday.
Olamide Adeniji, a spokesperson for the board, quoted Adeniran in a statement as saying that the board recognises that pupils in primary schools were vulnerable.
“We pray the virus will not spread to Oyo State, however, we will also work assiduously to ensure these children and their parents are properly sensitised on the need to maintain proper hygiene,’’ he said.
The board’s chairman, according to the statement, also called for increased awareness among parents and pupils on the need to prevent the spread of the virus.
Also speaking, Bello promised to work with the board to ensure precautionary methods such as the use of wash-hand basins in classes were deployed.
He also called on schools to immediately report any child with symptoms like fever, cough and catarrh to any government health facility.
In another development, the board also promised to intensify awareness campaign among primary schools teachers on the need to access the health insurance scheme.
Adeniran stated this when he received the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, Dr Sola Akande, in his office.
Akande, while responding, noted that the scheme had gained sufficient ground in the state because civil servants had embraced it.
Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Mufutau Ojo)