Oyo State’s commitment to achieving sound universal health coverage as mandated by the National Health Act care of 2014, The Oyo State Health Insurance Agency recently hosted and trained stakeholders in the health sector on how to efficiently implement and deliver on the basic objectives of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund- A large-scale reform effort aimed at increasing resources for health and by extension to the primary health care to the residents of the state.
The Oyo State Health Insurance Agency through the Basic Health Care Provision Fund is aimed to capture 37,500 indigent persons that include the aged, children (under 5), and pregnant women across the 33 local government areas as part of their commitment to deliver on universal health care services through the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) and emergency medical treatment.
The Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is financed by an annual grant from the Federal Government. The Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) was able to put the training together because the state had met the pre-conditions for the fund to increase resources for health and extend primary health care service to Oyo state residents.
Speaking at the event where the training was facilitated, The Honorable Commissioner for Health Mr. Taiwo Ladipo expressed that “It is the best opportunity that we can ever have. It is expected that the downtrodden will be taken care of, cut down out-of-pocket spending on health and importantly, the reorientation of services across the hospitals and health facilities across the state.”
Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Agency, Dr Muideen Olatunji in his own remarks said that healthcare financing, including out-of-pocket spending is a major obstacle to ensuring health for all and it is being addressed through health insurance.
He further declared: “The health insurance would provide the required funds to make the health services move forward. This will be implemented with additional fund from PHC and will resort into having qualitative healthcare service delivery for the citizenry.
Adding his voice on the development, OYSHIA’s Executive Secretary, Dr Olusola Akande, said the training had 99 participants in attendance, including all medical officers at the LGA’s, 33 health educators, and chairmen of the Ward Development Committees, “We will ensure that the right people are enrolled into the scheme for the next one year”.
He further added that “Healthcare delivery is cardinal to the heart of the Oyo State Governor. If we fail in enrolling the indigent and the poor of the poor into the scheme, we have failed.”