Friday, October 27, 2017 9:42 am
By Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta
The Ogun state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has disclose that the Community Based Primary Health Insurance Scheme, Araya, has been extended to include Tertiary Institutions across the state.
Dr. Ipaye,who made this known at the presentation of cheque to a beneficiary at the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta said the Araya scheme which was targeted at the less privileged in the community has been extended to include tertiary institutions so as to accommodate people with special intervention.
“Araya is targeted particularly at those who are vulnerable within our population, but we have discovered that some beneficiaries required special interventions and we have gotten the Governor’s approval to extend the coverage for people under Araya to tertiary care”, Ipaye said. He stated further that the state will not rest on its oars to ensure that the state maternal mortality rate continues to improve and will not stop until no woman in the state die of childbirth.
“Araya has supported the health services delivery in Ogun State to such an extent that maternal mortality is three times better than that of Nigeria while infant mortality is four times better. We are not there yet but we are on the path of making sure that no woman die of childbirth in our State,” He said.
The Secretary to the state Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa while presenting the cheque to the beneficiaries expressed his joy at the success of the Araya scheme, stating that the occasion will put an end to every doubt about the authenticity of the scheme.