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Kwara’s First Lady says Quality Health Care Delivery is Vital For Economic Development

The wife of the Governor of Kwara state, Ambassador, Mrs. Olufoluke Abdulrazaq, has described quality health care delivery as vital for economic development.

Ambassador, Mrs. AbdulRazaq, said this in a keynote address at the flag off the health insurance week of the state Health Insurance Agency held at the Primary Health care center Okelele, in Ilorin East Local Government Area.

The wife of the governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Rasaq, said that the government of Kwara State was keen on the delivery of quality health care across the state and has invested hugely in the renovation and repair of health facilities across the State.

She said “the more citizens can access quality health care the more productive they become and that is why the Kwara state government is focusing her investment drive on the health and education sectors.

” Government has employed not less than 400 health workers to bridge the gaps identified when we came onboard and has also reviewed the salaries of health workers.

These investments are to ensure that no one is left behind when it comes to access to quality health care”, she said

The first lady also spoke on the recent purchase of equipment for 40 new and renovated facilities across the state, as a show of Government’s commitment to the delivery of quality health care.

She called on the people of the state to support the government by reporting any wrong doing they identified so that it could be nipped in the bud.

The Executive Secretary of the Kwara State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Olubunmi Jetawo-winter, in her remarks noted that health insurance was the only hope of the common man.

She said “The astronomical increase in the prices of every consumable has made survival very difficult and has thrown so many into extreme poverty. But with the Basic Health care Provision Fund(BHCPF), access to quality health care has been brought to every Residents.

Jetawo-winter expressed her worries at the low turnout of enrollees even after they have been covered under the scheme which she said is the reason for the health Insurance Awareness Week.

Other speakers at the event included the Executive Secretary State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Nusirat Elelu, the North Central coordinator of the NHIS, Mr Adelaja Abereoran and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Strategy, Alhaji Saadudeen Salaudeen.

They all spoke on the need for everyone to come onboard the scheme and the numerous developmental strides of the Mallam Abdulrahaman AbdulRasaq led administration.

The flag-off was to commence a week-long Health Insurance awareness week aimed at sensitizing residents of the State on the benefits of the State Health Insurance Scheme.

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