One of the products of Ondo State Contributory Health Commission (ODCHC), Abiyamo Maternal and Child Health Insurance Scheme (AMCHIS) has recorded 5,656 deliveries in two years including 1,533 caesarean sections.
Director-General of the Commission, Dr. Abiodun Oyeneyin disclosed this yesterday during a strategic review meeting with stakeholders and providers of AMCHIS in Akure.
According to him, there were 5,561 live births with 99 still birth, noting that 5,504 single, 147 twins, four triplet and a quadruplet formed the breakdown of the deliveries.
He lauded Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his giant strides in the health sector especially with success stories recorded in AMCHIS.
While stressing the need for all to adopt the new model of sustainable healthcare financing in the state, he hinted that the governor had approved three percent of the gross salary of public servants as premium, stating that “the state government pays 1.8 percent while public servants pay 1.2 percent for the health insurance which covers the person, his/her spouse and four children under the age of 18.”
Speaking extensively on the Basis Health Care Provision Fund, he noted that 20,389 beneficiaries including widows, retirees, pregnant women and indigents among others have been registered, adding that they have been accessing care since October 2021.
He appealed to stakeholders to do the needful in ensuring that health facilities across the state were in good shape in order to attract patronage.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Ajaka, stressed the need for facilities to be passionate about rendering qualitative service to their patients.
While commending them for their support to AMCHIS, he noted that it was important that they assisted in marketing the products of ODCHC, adding they should all embrace the use of technology.
In his opening remarks, Special Adviser on Health, Prof. Adedayo Faduyile commended the governor for putting in place AMCHIS noting that if it had been put in place earlier, it would have reduced drastically maternal and infant mortality rate in the state.
While noting that the meeting aimed at obtaining better outcome of the success story of AMCHIS, he called for effectiveness of the scheme at various facilities.
He reassured stakeholders of government commitment towards bringing improvement to the scheme and urged staff of the commission not to relent in giving their best for the overall success of the sector.
Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola while speaking explained that AMCHIS has revealed the importance of Contributory Health Scheme in the system and assured that the board will put the health facilities in proper direction for the success of the products of the commission.
Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu commended Governor Akeredolu for reducing catastrophic health expenditure in few years of AMCHIS among residents of the state, noting that financial burden has been eradicated among pregnant women with the product.
He urged all to implement resolutions reached at the end of the meeting.
Representative of WHO, Adewale Moses congratulated the state for making the product a reality and assured of the organisation’s continued support.
Representative of office of National Health Insurance Scheme in the state, Dr. Akinkuotu assured the Commission of more support in order to attain universal health coverage.
By Kemi Olatunde