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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Ogun State Extends Health Insurance Scheme to Institutions, Moves to End Maternal Death

Lauretta Omosogha

The Commissioner for Health Ogun State, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has revealed that the community-based primary health insurance scheme, Araya, has been extended to tertiary institutions across the state as he assured the state would ensure no woman dies in childbirth.

The commissioner said this at the presentation of cheques to beneficiaries of Araya scheme held at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta the state capital.

“The scheme is targeted at the less-privileged in the community. Hence, it has been extended to include tertiary institutions in order to accommodate people with special intervention,” he added.

According to Ipaye, Araya targets particularly the vulnerable ones within their population, adding that they had discovered that some beneficiaries required special interventions. “And we have got the governor’s approval to extend the coverage for people under Araya to tertiary care”, Ipaye said.

He expressed that the state would not rest on its oars but would ensure that the its maternal mortality rate continues to improve and that no woman dies in childbirth in the state.

“Araya has supported the health services delivery in Ogun State to such an extent that maternal mortality is three times better than that of Nigeria while infant mortality is four times better. We are not there yet but we are on the path of making sure that no woman die of childbirth in our state,” he disclosed.

Speaking also, the Secretary to the state Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa commended the scheme, saying that the presentation would put an end to every doubt about the authenticity of the scheme.