Health Insurance: Anambra Firstlady Enrols Persons With Disabilities Into Scheme

By Chinwe Onuigbo, Awka

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The wife of Anambra State governor, Mrs Nonye Soludo, on Wednesday, sponsored the enrollment of 1,000 persons with special needs into the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme.

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Mrs Soludo who is also the founder of the non-governmental crusade, Healthy Living with Nonye Soludo Initiative, said that she was proud to support the beneficiaries who are from the 179 communities in the state and that it is free of charge.

 

 

Addressing the beneficiaries, the governor’s wife said that the intervention was a testament to her husband’s administration’s shared commitment to the well-being of people with special needs, particularly those living in the grassroots.

“This free health insurance will be a valid passport with which these special brothers and sisters of ours would access quality medicare anywhere in Anambra State. In addition to the free health insurance, we have also taken note of other crucial needs of these special people, and will continue to provide the right environment for each and every one of them to succeed in.”

She assured that her husband’s administration is working round the clock to ensure that everyone living in Anambra State gets a feel of good governance, adding that Anambra’s human capital policies are well-designed to explore potentials and give every resident a veritable platform to be on board.

She explained out that every one of the beneficiary would go home fully insured to receive free medical care in selected Anambra-based health facilities of their choice.

 

 

Speaking at the occasion, the Anambra State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, who also commended the governor’s wife for always thinking humanity, pointed out that the state government was ready for partnerships to expand access to affordable healthcare delivery and improved family welfare packages for all.

Presenting his speech, the Anambra State Chairman of Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke while commending Mrs Soludo for the kind gesture, appealed to the governor’s wife to include his members into her Healthy Living campaign. He noted that persons with disabilities are more affected when it comes to the issue of healthy living as a result of different challenges hinging on the various nature of disabilities, like access to health care, social stigma and discrimination.

In a goodwill message, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche narrated that the gesture by the Governor’s wife mirrors the importance the state government places on its social agenda and added that the present administration designs its policies to impact directly on the masses at the grassroot levels.

 

 

In appreciation, some of the beneficiaries, Mr Kinsley Godwin and Ms Justina Ikenna, vowed to continue to support the administration and prayed God to bless Mrs Soludo’s kind gesture.

Present at the event were, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra State Health Insurance Agency, ASHIA, Dr. Simon Onyemeachi, the Chairman, Anambra State Disability Rights Commission, Barrister Chuks Ezewuzie, the State Cordinator of Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption programme, RoLAC, Mrs Josephine Onah, wife of the National Chairman of APGA, Mrs Amara Ezeokenwa, the Anambra State Woman Leader of APGA, among others.

The event which took place at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, is the largest ever convergence of such beneficiaries receiving the sponsorship from a governor’s wife since the scheme began in 2018.

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