As part of Federal Government efforts to improve basic health care in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari will perform the national flag-off of basic health provision fund in Osogbo the Osun state capital.
Dr Niyi Oginni, the Executive Secretary of Osun Health Insurance Scheme(O’HIS), who disclosed this at a press conference in Osogbo, said the flag-off would be performed on Sept. 20.
Oginni said the basic health provision fund which was signed into law under section 11of 2014 health act, would be flag-off along side Osun Health Insurance Scheme by the President.
He said other pilot states where the basic health fund scheme would be flag-off includes Abia, Niger, Kastina, Yobe and Edo.
He said after the flag-off, malaria treatment, high blood check, diabetics screening would be free of charge for all Nigerians
Oginni said under the scheme, delivery, anti-natal, post-natal and family planning would be free for pregnant women, while immunisation would be free for children.
He said the the basic health fund would be disbursed through the State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Social Health Insurance scheme.
Oginni said the primary health care development agency will be responsible for personnel, infrastructure and purchase of consumables and drugs.
While the health insurance scheme will capture the data of those who have received services under the basic health fund.
Oginni said the under the insurance scheme, those who required further services, which basic health fund could not cover, would have to be enrolled into the scheme.
He said for civil servants and those in organised formal sector, who would be enrolled into the scheme, 1.5 per cent would be deducted from their basic salary while their employers would contribute 3 per cent.
He said the beneficary could add their spouse and four children who are under the age of 18 years.
He said those in the informal sector could also enrolled under the scheme.
Oginni said the health insurance scheme would provide robust health services for the people of the state.