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Ogun Creates Health Insurance Scheme For Farmers

Dr. Tomi Coker

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - The Ogun state government has urged farmers in the state to enroll in its health insurance scheme to achieve productive farming. 

A health practitioner and Commissioner-Designate in Ogun State, Dr. Tomi Coker disclosed this on Friday in Abeokuta at a town hall meeting for farmers on the Ogun State Anchor Borrowers Programme organized by the State Ministry of Agriculture.

Dr. Coker said the health insurance was designed in such a way that it would be affordable and accessible to the farmers to improve on their wellbeing.

She said the scheme is spread across the communities and the 234 primary health care in the state where farmers can easily locate and get treated. 

She noted that, people spend high proportion of their income on healthcare and the results are usually poor, stressing that the new health insurance scheme would reduce the amount spent by the farmers to take care of their health. 

She explained that, in appreciation of the good work of farmers, the state government has subsidized the health insurance to N10,000 for a farmer with family of four against the N48,000 for members of the public who subscribed for such scheme. 

Dr. Coker further stressed that, the scheme will cover illnesses such as simple surgical procedure like minor wound, repairs of simple laceration and drainage of simple abscess. 

Other benefit package services under the scheme include treatment of uncomplicated hypertension, uncomplicated diabetes, arthritis, acute uncomplicated febrile illnesses including malaria, uncomplicated diarrhoeal diseases, acute URTI, HIV/AIDS, STI treatment, family planning and other life saving procedures.

"The Ogun State government would like to support you to be in good health to be productive. I know the value of health importance to productive farming. 

"If the farmers are not healthy, they can't be productive. We have spread the scheme across the communities so that they don't pay out of pocket for their health care. What we would be providing is basic health care and a secondary health care which is discounted to them and this will be roll out in all our 20 local governments and 236 primary health care centres.

"The vision is to provide quality health care that is accessible and location wise to all our citizens. This is to make our citizens to be more productive economically."

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