Towards ensuring qualitative and effective healthcare delivery, the Ogun State Government has expressed its readiness to implement the National Health Act.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, made this known in Abeokuta, at the 2018 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, with the theme, ‘’Universal Health Coverage: A Pragmatic Tool Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’’, organised by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State Chapter.
Dr. Ipaye explained that in the National Health Act, Primary Healthcare deals with service delivery, while Health Insurance focuses on financing, adding that the State has invested greatly in these two key areas.
‘’The National Health Insurance is an Act that has not been implemented nationally and the State will become the implementation hub of the National Act. We are awaiting the directive from the Federal government, as we have met the necessary conditions to be part of the implementation.
‘’We already have in place a Primary HealthCare Board, we have a Department of Health Insurance and the health insurance plan that we have is awaiting Executive Approval, so we have done the needful. We have drafted the legal framework, we have finalised the drafting of the law and we are only waiting for executive approval to finalise the implementation further,’’ Ipaye stated.
On his part, the State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Abayomi Olajide, while underscoring the essence of the meeting, said it was to create an avenue for doctors in the State to brainstorm on issues that would enhance the effectiveness of health policy of the State government.
‘’The Annual General Meeting (AGM), is the largest gathering of doctors in the State and any decision or proposal that is passed by the AGM is binding on all doctors.. We deliberate on how we can get appropriate funding, how the Primary HealthCare Centres can be revitalised and how professionals can come together to improve the healthcare indices in the State,’’ the Chairman said.