The Anambra State Government has announced plans to enrol no fewer than 28,245 less-privileged persons into the state’s health insurance scheme.
Dr Simeon Onyemaechi, the Executive Director, Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA), announced this in Awka on Sunday at a risk communication training on the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Onyemaechi said that the project would be funded from the state’s quota of the Federal Government’s Basic Healthcare Provision Fund of the National Health Insurance Scheme.
According to him, the fund will be used for the vulnerable citizens of the state.
He called on the 326 Ward Health Development Committee Chairmen in the state to submit names of the less-privileged indigenes in their neighbourhoods.
The executive director said that officials must ascertain that the beneficiaries were, indeed, needy before they were registered.
“The scheme is essentially for pregnant women, who cannot afford to pay their hospital bills during antenatal care and child delivery, as well as for children under five years and elderly persons.
“We believe that this will cut down on the number of women who die yearly during child delivery, as a result of unprofessional care.
“All the beneficiaries of the BHCPF must have a National Identification Number (NIN), which is one of the criteria for the registration,” he said.
Onyemaechi advised those who wanted to benefit from the scheme to enrol for NIN at their various local government areas or any bank of their choice.
He said that the enrolment will commence on Jan. 4, 2021.