Ondo State Government has hinted of plans to introduce a compulsory contributory health scheme for all residents of the state.
Speaking at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on the proposed bill for the Contributory Health scheme, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro noted that the need for a good qualitative health care could not be over-emphasized.
“Free medical service that is obviously unsustainable only takes care of the vulnerable which include the under-five and pregnant women.
“And a very high of percentage of our citizens do not belong to this group and because of this, many have gone prematurely to the grave due to their incapability to access good health care,” he said.
According to him, the state governor has vowed not to allow things continue necessitating the universal health coverage for all residents.
Adegbenro, therefore, called for the cooperation of all so that the programme would not fail.
” We have brought you to this forum to have your view and give you first hand information about the efforts of this administration to ensure that our people do not die because they cannot afford a huge amount of fund for treatment.
“It is my belief that if we all key in, we shall all enjoy and tell the good stories soonest,” he stated.
Presenting the draft bill on the contributory pension scheme, Special Adviser to the governor Dr Ajibayo Adeyeye, noted that the bill if passed into law would have positive impact on all strata of humankind.
Adeyeye added that the state was not introducing new thing but only domesticating what it was obtaining at national level.
According to him, it must not be turned to political issue, saying that opposition will be invited to lend its voice.