Workers in Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, have been sensitized on the benefits of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The programme which took place on Thursday, August 20, 2015 in the Institution was organised by the College Health Centre in conjunction with a Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), the Princeton Health Limited (PHL).
In her remark, a senior official of the college who represented the Management, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede, Deputy Registrar, Pension and Staff Matters, described the sensitization exercise as timely and appropriate.
Fakorede commended the organizers and charged staff of the institution to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the sensitization exercise which is geared at making them get acquainted with the benefits of the scheme by participating actively in it.
Speaking on the benefit of NHIS, the Ondo State coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Lateef Atoyebi, a Pharmacist, who was represented by Mr. Otaki Oluwafemi listed it to include unbiased access to quality healthcare, right to lodge complaints on unsatisfactory services, freedom to change health providers as well as right to enjoy emergency healthcare services among others.
Describing the NHIS as the future of medical care in Nigeria, Atoyebi enjoined all citizens of the country to key into it, in order to enjoy its benefits.
He appealed for support and cooperation saying that the success of the scheme in Nigeria would be determined by its accessibility by the people.
In his own remark, the Director of Medical Services, ACE, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmosin, lauded NHIS providers for including the College among the list of its beneficiaries.
He disclosed that over 70 percent of staff of the College have registered with the scheme and have been given opportunity to access all facilities made available at the Institution’s Health Centre.
On challenges observed in the implementation of the scheme in the College Health Centre, Ogunmosin identified negative perception some patients normally have on the genuineness between branded and generic drugs, adding that in some cases, people who seek medical attention would prefer to be treated with branded drugs rather than generic ones.
While stressing the need for regular sensitization of patients on diseases such as cancer and infertility drugs as well as Laboratory investigation not covered by the NHIS, the ACE Director of Medical Services said this would enhance better understanding by the people.
Ogunmosin who spoke extensively on “Benefit of NHIS- Providers Perspective” urged staff of the College yet to register for the NHIS to do so warning that anyone found not registered, may not be able to access medical care in the College Health Centre in no distant time.
The programme held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium featured question and answers. It was attended by staff of the College from various units, Deputy General Manager (Claims and Underwriting), Princeton Health limited, Mr. Akinola Sunday; Dr. Olubusayo Modupe, Dr. Ajakaye Olaoluwa and Mrs. Akinlolu Caroline from the Ondo State Specialist Hospital in Ondo town and Akure, the capital of the state respectively.