GOV. Willie Obiano has called on people of the state to maximise the usage of healthcare facilities in the state while promising government’s resolve to adequately provide quality healthcare services to all.
The governor made the call at the flag-off of Federal Government Basic Healthcare Provision Fund for the indigents, at Primary Healthcare Centre, Uhuala Akpo.
The governor said: “it was a long fight to make Anambra State one of the states in the country to benefit from the first phase of this programme.
“The aim is to close the gap between the rich and the poor in getting healthcare services at government health facilities in the state.
“The first phase of enrolment that has started and will accommodate 85 indigents from every political ward in the state.
“Anambra State has not less than 330 wards. That will take us to enroll about 28,000 indigent persons.
“The programme permits beneficiaries to go to Primary Healthcare Centres each time he/she is not feeling fine and obtain free tests and treatment.
“Beneficiaries must not wait until they are sick. They are free to go to Primary Healthcare Centres to check their blood sugar, blood pressure and temperature,” he said.
He adds: “Everything is free. If anybody asks for money, report to us. This health facility has been made available already; enrolment is one thing, the other that is very important is seizing the opportunity to receive sound healthcare service.
“This you can do by going to the Primary Health Centres frequently. I feel irritated when people doubt the existence of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world, Anambra State is not exempted. It is not about old people but every person.
“So, do yourself the favour of putting on face masks as you go out of your house. Develop the habit of washing your hands thoroughly with soap under running water regularly; it is in your own interest.
“Distance yourself from other persons within about two metres. Avoid handshakes, kissing and hugging. Avoid avoidable travels. Where there is no water, alcohol-based sanitiser can help.
“Putting on face masks may not be palatable, yet no sacrifice to retain life is too much as life has no duplicate.”
The governor commended Akpo people for their compliance in wearing face masks.
He, however, enjoined them to do more so as to protect themselves against coronavirus pandemic.
The governor was represented at the occasion by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala.
Executive Secretary, Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA), Dr Simeon Onyemaechi while speaking to newsmen said, “ASHIA Programme is related to Basic Healthcare Provision Fund except that the later targeted indigent persons”.
He commended Gov. Obiano’s doggedness in paying the programme counterparts fund promptly which gave room to the state’s participation in the programme.
“Visit health facilities once you notice abnormalities in your body, if there is none, go for check up.”