The Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Health, Prof. Francis Faduyile has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the State Contributory Health Commission (ODCHC) at achieving Universal Health Coverage in the state. Faduyile made the assertion in his address at an interactive meeting with the members of the Management team of the commission held in his office today. While commending the commission for being focused and efficient in the delivery of its duties, the Special Adviser said health insurance is key to achieving Universal Health Coverage, hence the priority the present administration in the state accorded it. He therefore implored the staff of the commission to embark on more advocacy on its various schemes and expedite its operations in order to cover more beneficiaries. Faduyile equally urged the commission to identify the causes of maternal mortality in Ondo State towards mitigating its occurrences. He called for stronger collaborations between his office and the commission towards achieving efficient service delivery.
Also speaking at the interactive meeting, the Director General of ODCHC, Dr. Abiodun Oyeneyin noted that the commission was established to provide health insurance to all residents of Ondo State. Oyeneyin added that the bill establishing the commission was signed into law on February 6,2018 while the commission commenced operations in June 2019.He affirmed that over 20,000 residents of Ondo State are currently benefiting from the state basic health care provision fund in the various Primary Health Care Centres across the 203 wards in the state. Oyeneyin said since commencement of operations, the commission has embarked on robust advocacy to the various strata of the society. He appreciated the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN for approving the construction of the building to serve as the permanent site of the commission along Igbatoro road in Akure, a project he noted is now ongoing. Oyeneyin equally said the deployment of technology has ensured operational efficiency in the commission’s activities.