The Kwara state Government has released N250 million for the Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Suleiman Alege, stated this on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin.
According to him, “government is also working towards putting the primary health care under the same roof with the state health development agency.”
On other programmes by the state government, Alege said that a new diagnostic centre for the Ilorin General Hospital would begin operation soon to reduce the stress faced by patients.
The commissioner said government enlightenment programme across the state has ensured preventive measures against outbreak of disease.
He said the renovation of the General Hospital in Oro, Patigi and the states Civil Service Clinic have been included in this year’s budget.
Alege also stated that fund has been released to procure more equipment for the Harmony Diagnostic Centre, Ilorin for the improvement of its services.
The Kwara state community health insurance scheme
The Kwara State Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) was nominated by Pharm Access Foundation, Netherlands, for the 2016 Financial Times/IFC Transformational Business Award.
The scheme was nominated under the “Achievement in Sustainable Development: Maternal and Infant Health” category of the awards.
The Kwara State Community Health Insurance allows beneficiaries to have access to quality healthcare all year round, for a token of N500.
The health insurance scheme in 2014 in Paris won a finalist prize at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee awards for development initiative.
Before the awards in 2014, the scheme had also received commendation from the United Nations and Bill Gates Foundation for its creative approach to pro-poor healthcare.