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Health Insurance Scheme: Ayade Begins Enrollment of 1Million Cross Riverians

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Health Insurance Scheme: Ayade Begins Enrollment of 1Million Cross Riverians



Health insurance has many benefits, including providing all residents of CRS with access to high-quality, safe, and affordable healthcare, shielding all from financial distress due to large medical bills, and minimizing out-of-pocket costs at the point of treatment with regular and expanded healthcare facilities. Sen Prof Ben Ayade had this vision and push when he signed the Health Insurance Bill into law in 2016. The AyadeCare has finally begun enrollment after a five-year wait.

At the launch of the Cross River State Health Insurance Scheme and the BHCPF, the Executive Governor of CRS, Sen Prof Ben Ayade, urged all Cross Riverians to take advantage of the scheme and register, while also urging political elites to register their constituents who are less fortunate. “As a leader, I want to put an end to that crying child who can’t sleep every day and night due to pains because the Mother can’t afford medical bills,” he said. “I can’t be proud of myself as a Governor when my people are dying from illnesses that a thousand naira can cure.” Before everything else, health comes first, second, and even third. As a people-centered government, we must ensure that these funds are open and accountable by entrusting their management to a third-party trusty with no political connections. We’ll be the first state to use drones to deliver drugs across the state, especially in hard-to-reach areas. I was the first to enrol, donating $20,000 to register 1666 needy people in my village. Allow the safe to pay for the ill, the powerful to pay for the weak, and the wealthy to pay for the poor. That is what separates us as human beings.”

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Dr Betta Edu, the Commissioner for Health, thanked Sen Prof Ben Ayade for his encouragement, visions, inventions, and industrialization, especially in the health sector, in her remarks. When the Governor signed the bill into law in 2016, his greatest desire was for Cross Riverians to gain access to high-quality health care at a minimal or no cost. The dream has finally come true! Prof. Sambo and the Nigerian federal government were praised for their support and contributions in establishing the Basic Health Care Provision Fund. In CRS, today marks the start of a health-care movement. “There is no religion greater than a stronger brother having a shoulder for his weaker brother to rely on,” Governor says. Nothing is more heartbreaking and dehumanizing than seeing your child dying because you can’t afford basic medical treatment. Gov. Ben Ayade is offering universal health care for his people, which is the new hope, the new currency, and the new future.

“The State Health Insurance Scheme can offer coverage and succor to the poor, the elderly, the less fortunate, and the vulnerable; for $12,000 a year, you will have access to a $5 million health-care service. The most appealing aspect of this insurance is the unique humane assistance component, which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria. If you don’t have any money, you can walk into a health facility and get treatment. Our Primary and Secondary facilities have been upgraded and some new ones installed to help with this operation. I urge all health workers to do their best to provide these services to Cross Riverians. I’d like to thank Gov. Ben Ayade again for the invention of the cloth face mask, which was given to Nigeria and even the world during the COVID-19 era; your contribution to the health sector will not be forgotten. Although we appreciate Prof. Sambo’s help, we need more technical assistance, vehicles, financial support, and other resources to keep this program running. Thank you to all of our partners, health care professionals, and other stakeholders. Now is the time to act!!!!

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The scheme, according to Sir Godwin Iyala, Director General of the Cross River State Health Insurance Agency, is intended to resolve healthcare issues in the state by offering a functional medical insurance cover. “For just N12,000 a month, you will have access to all types of healthcare services for a year and there will be no other hidden costs”

Prof Mohammed N. Sambo, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, praised the State Governor, Sen Prof Ben Ayade, for his innovative ideas in the health sector, and Dr Edu for her efforts in the massive transformation of the CRS health sector. He praised the State for being the first in the country to embark on this form of health insurance, and he assured us of massive and timely support. Dr Janet Ekpenyong, the DG of the CRSPHCDA, and Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, both urged cross riverians to take advantage of this opportunity by registering/enrolling in the scheme in large numbers, as the benefits are too numerous to be ignored.

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The official enrollment of Sen Ben Ayade and other dignitaries, as well as the official handing over of a 14-seater Hiace Bus donated by Sen Prof Ben Ayade to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) CRS branch, were highlights of the flag-off event, which also called on doctors and other health workers to help the Scheme. The timetable for the start of mass enrollment is scheduled for March 15th, with Calabar Municipal Council, Biase, and Obudu LGAs leading the way. Calabar South, Abi, and Obanliku LGAs will be covered on Tuesday, while Akpabuyo, Yakurr, and Bekwarra LGAs will be covered on Wednesday. Bakassi, Obubra, and Ogoja will cue on the 18th; Odukpani, Ikom, and Yala Local Government Areas will cue on the 19th; and Akamkpa, Etung, and Boki will cue on the 20th. Other enrollment locations will be communicated after that.



Health Insurance Scheme: Ayade Begins Enrollment of 1Million Cross Riverians

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