Odunlade Adekola, the Nigerian actor, has been unveiled as Ogun state health insurance ambassador.
Tomi Coker,the state commissioner for health, said Odunlade’s appointment was a part of the state’s efforts to expand the insurance scheme across the state.
Coker also said Adekola’s versatility and large fan base will help broaden the medical health insurance scheme across the state.
The commissioner added that it’ll help as “catalyst to propagate the movement and acceptance of the scheme across the state”.
“We are going to wish to draw awareness to our medical health insurance acceptance within the communities. We looked up and down in Nigeria and inward in Ogun and our Ambassador can’t be anybody else than Mr Odunlade Adekola, because he’s a son of the soil,” Coker said.
“He was born right here in Abeokuta and he’s a really familiar face on our screens and on radio. We wish the general public to interact in our medical health insurance process, hence, the selection of this multi-talented and influential brand Ambassador.”
The commissioner, who signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Adekola, said Ogun has registered 50,000 indigents in 196 primary healthcare centres within the state.
Coker also said the indigents are those from the informal sector, who cannot afford out of pocket payment to access quality healthcare, hence, the necessity to raise awareness for more registration.
She said the residents who registered, were expected to pay N12,000 annually to register for the insurance scheme, in order to access healthcare at any of the first health centres within the state.
“A few weeks ago, the insurance law mandated that we, as residents of Nigeria, should have medical health insurance.
“Because of this we could have a sustainable way of financing our healthcare and nobody could have to pay out of pocket to access healthcare.
“Of the 50,000 that registered, now we have been in a position to employ 50 doctors, 40 midwives and about to employ 64 more doctors to be sure that if you visit a health centre, you’ll meet a health care provider or skill health skilled to take care of you.”
Speaking on the endorsement deal, Adekola promised to publicise the medical health insurance scheme across the state while appreciating the state government for the chance.
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