Kogi Launches National Health Insurance Scheme

Idris_Wada2The Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, has charged civil servants and staff members of the 21 local government areas of the state to explore the potentials in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to improve the quality of their health.

Wada stated this in Lokoja while launching the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), explaining that the scheme was inspired by his administration’s intention to ensure people in the state  have access to effective and quality healthcare services.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Insurance, Dr Dorcas Onuminya, in her presentation listed some of the befits the government has gotten from the scheme since its enrollment.

Also, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Idris Omede, in his speech commended the governor for his interest on the health of the people, disclosing that the enrollment into the scheme are in phases which would begin from the political office holders, judiciary, specialist, staff of tertiary institutions and the state civil servants.

Capt Wada, commended the implementation committee and the political office holders for their voluntary contribution of the 100 per cent premium and added that the programme was aimed at easing the potential dream on cash flow of the government as proposed by the implementation committee.

The Kogi State Governor was captured and registered into the scheme as a beneficiary, while his identity card was handed over to him.

According to the report on National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), it is a process of pooling together resources for health and for the purpose of ensuring effective and efficient services to the people.


Kogi Govt Re-affirms Commitment To Polio Eradication

The Kogi state government has restated its commitment to polio eradication in the state. The governor, Idris Wada stated that his government is doing everything possible to safeguard the health of its citizens with particular attention to children.


The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

Wada, who disclosed this while speaking at a meeting with members of the Kogi state Task Force on polio eradication routing immunization and primary health care services, also stated that the state government will continue to create an enabling environment to ensure effective service delivery of both prospective and amateur services of the people of Kogi state .

While delivering his opening speech, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Idris Omede told the governor that the task force is expected to review activities in the quarter and to identify best practices, challenges, and to also proffer solutions and recommendations that will ensure permanent polio eradication and attainment of high quality immunization in the state.

The state Epidemiologist, Dr. Funmi Balogun, who highlighted some of the challenges of the task force as low financial commitment to routine immunization and surveillance by the local government chairmen also noted that the state has made achievements in making the state polio free as there are no cases of measles outbreak so far.

Wada assured the people that his administration will continue to implement healthcare policies that will address the health needs of the people.He also promised that his government will continue to fund the free medical services programme for rural dwellers in the state.

In view of the achievement they have recorded so far, the governor called on organizations in the state to support the federation and also run similar healthcare programmes in the state for the benefit of the poor rural dwellers.

Wada Wins Bill Gates Award For Eradication of Polio In Kogi

Kogi state governor Idris Wada has been honored as the best performing governor for his contribution to the fight for the total eradication of polio in Kogi state.

Presenting the governor with the Nigeria Governor Immunization Leadership Challenge/Bill and Melinda Gates award in Lokoja, the director, National Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ado Mohammed, who represented the Minister for Heath said Governor Idris Wada has performed well in terms of routing immunization in Kogi state.

While delivering his opening speech, the Commissioner for Health in Kogi state Idris Omede, commended the governor for his commitment towards repositioning health care service delivery in the state and re-echoed the administration’s resolve to sustain the current polio free status in the state

The Commissioner while presenting the award to Mr Wada congratulated the governor for his feat, reiterating the federal government’s resolve towards ensuring the lives of children and mothers are protected from preventable diseases and cases.

The Governor described the award as a wakeup call for his administration to intensify efforts as he attributed the success to the collective effort of all stake holders in the health sector and residents of the state.

He thanked Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for supporting the polio challenge globally with their resources while promising not to rest until Kogi state becomes the model for primary health care delivery.

The program which took place at the banquet hall of the government house had in attendance medical practitioners, government officials and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the state.