By Deborah Coker
Benin – The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called on the Edo Government to adapt and introduce the health insurance scheme for the people of the state.
Mr Roy Oribhabor, the State Chairman of CNPP, made the appeal on Tuesday in Benin in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Oribhabor said it had become necessary to call on the state government to commence scheme reminiscent of what was obtainable in Lagos and other states of the federation.
He noted that research carried out by the state chapter of the conference clearly showed that Edo people needs health insurance scheme to better their health management programmes.
He said that it was in view of this that the appeal had become pertinent in order to prevent avoidable deaths.
“Health insurance scheme will provide wide range of opportunities and accessibilities for health seekers and drastically reduce the stress of emergency situations and give sense of belonging to tackle health issues and challenges.
“It i also of great importance to establish more civilised methods to access healthcare services because this administration under Gov Godwin Obaseki has shown seriousness in regards to primary healthcare.
“It is on record that about 200 primary health centres have been mapped out to be constructed under four years with up to date equipment to deliver healthcare services.
“With only 20 primary health centres currently constructed it is a clear indication that more effort should be invested through health insurance scheme as a welcome development to enhance and further position the system,” Oribhabor said.
He commended the renovation of existing primary health centres and lauded the performing disposition of the governor.