Ogun State government through the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye gave the people of Yewa/Awori an unprecedented assurance of receiving free medical services for Pregnant Women and Children under five years of age via the Araya Scale Up Program launched in the Senatorial district.
Speaking at the program held at Ilaro today, Ipaye said a pilot of the Araya program was launched in the year 2014, which is aimed at giving Universal Health Coverage through out the state. He said the program will afford the people to receive free health services without paying a kobo of their money in a way of fulfilling the Senator Ibikunke Amosun electioneering promises of affordable health care delivery embedded in the Mission to rebuild mantra.
The Commissioner alluded that two public health and two private health centers have been chosen for the actualization of the program in each Local Government and Local Development Area Council Respectively targeting at least 1000 beneficiaries per LG and LCDA respectively. He praised the governor of the State Senator Ibikunle Amosun for releasing a whooping sum of 100million naira for the health insurance program tagged Araya Scale-Up.
He said a state-wide health insurance scheme is also on the way, lauding the State Assembly especially the Speaker Rt.Hon Surajudeen Adekunbi for their cooperation. He said the program will only require public and private workers of paying an affordable premium to enjoy the program when it is finally launched but noted that the Araya Scale Up is totally free for pregnant women and children under age 5.
In his good will message the Speaker of the State House of Assembly Rt Hon Surajudeen Adekunbi said he is graciously appreciative of the initiative which will boost the healthiness of the people of the Senatorial district. He preaches to his people to register for the program in their respective local governments and LCDAs.
Also speaking Sen Anisulowo Iyabo, said she has always been asking when the program will be launched in the senatorial district having heard of the benefits to be enjoyed. She calls on all women in the area to come out enmass and get registered for the program. She lauded the State Government for initiating the program and financing it as well. “In our area here, some girls of 13 years will either be pregnant, have a baby or nursing twin. Now you can be confident no health issues will debarr your children’s health”.
Those who handled the microphone includes the newly elected Chairmen of Imeko Afon LG, Yewa North and South, Afon, who trilled the people with their dialect encouraging them not to loose the opportunity, as it is the dividends of democracy.
Oba Kehinde Adegbenle, the Olu of Ilaro and the Paramount ruler of Yewa Land urged the people to bombard the registration centers. Its on note that in situations like this we don’t always trip out, but I beg of you to bombard the centers for you all to be beneficiaries. He seize the opportunity to appeal to workers of the state to sheath their swords and resume back to work. He said dialogue is better than down tooling, he noted that economic situation of the country affected the state that they (the traditional rulers) too are affected.
The beneficiaries who have registered were later given their insurance cards to be presented at the designated Heath Centers. At the program were other dignitaries like Permanent Secretaries, Directors, Past and Present Chairmen and Councillors, Mitros, Community Leaders and many more. The program was anchored by Alh Mojeed Ekelojumati Oladele a former Algon Chairman and immediate past chairman of INLG ; a drama was also presented by the drama group of the ministry.