The Edo chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the state government to establish a health insurance scheme for the people.
The Chairman, Dr Emmanuel Ighodaro, made the call in an interview on Sunday in Benin.
Ighodaro said it is important for the state government to establish the scheme to enable the residents to have access to good healthcare.
He added that many people in the state had no access to health facilities because of the lack of resources.
The chairman said government was expected to ensure that the people had access to health services.
He noted that “no nation can attain sustainable development when its citizens struggle to access healthcare from their earnings.
“The issue of health insurance is paramount; when every individual in the state is insured, they don’t need to have money in their pockets to access quality healthcare.
“This is because everyone is contributing and not everyone is accessing at the same time, but there is a constant pool of fund when needed.’’
Ighodaro explained that health insurance was a shared burden which allowed individuals and government to contribute toward the healthcare of the citizenry.
“The scheme is already working at the national level and Edo people must be logged on to it, to provide the health needs of the state”, he said.
He also called for immediate establishment of the proposed primary healthcare development agency in the state.