Delta health commission records 1,800 in 7 years, projects 1m enrollees annually

2024-01-25 19:58:09

Blueprint Newspapers Limited

The Delta State Contributory Health Commission (DSCHC) is seriously working to increase the population of enrollees into the scheme to 1million persons per year, as the number of enrollees increased to 1,800 in seven years.

Chairman of the commission, Dr. Austin Obidi, stated this while inaugurating members of the Governing Board in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Dr. Obidi thanked Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his commitment and support to the commission, in its quest for universal health coverage.

Congratulating the newly inaugurated Board members, he noted that they were carefully chosen on account of their academic and professional qualifications and proven track records and urged them to put in their best in carrying out their assignments.

The chairman said with the inauguration of members of the governing board, a roadmap for the programs will be unveiled, including the exponential increase of enrollee population to a million enrollees per year, ensuring enrollee satisfaction in the hospital care facility, increase awareness of the scheme within the polity, digitization of the commission's operations, redefining and improving the Access to Finance program, especially in riverine and hard to reach rural areas and speedy and effective response to health providers.

Dr. Obidi stated that the members will work for the growth of the commission and foster development in the state saying that probity, transparency, and accountability will be their watchword in piloting the affairs of the commission, in line with the developmental vision of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori's administration.

Also speaking, the Director General of the Commission, Dr. Isaac Akpoveta said Delta state already had over 1.8 million enrollees in 7 years, which is more than 30% of the population, adding that this feat has put the state at number one in health insurance across the federation.

Dr. Akpoveta said the Commission was working to increase the number of enrollees to 2.8 million in the next one year, which would mean over 40% of the population, and to ensure all residents in the state are registered in the scheme irrespective of their age, economic or social status.

Responding on behalf of other newly inaugurated members of the Board, Deacon Okezie Odugala, thanked the Commission for the confidence reposed in them to serve, and promised to work to take the commission to greater heights.

2024-01-25 News