By Chidimma Oramali
ANAMBRA State Government, through the state Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA ) has handed over laboratory equipment provided for the General Hospital, Enugwu-Ukwu.
Some of the machines provided by ASHIA include Automated Chemistry Analyser, Automated 3-part Haematology Analyser, Electrophoresis machine for genotype test and 7.5Kva solar power system for the lab.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Afam Obidike, while commissioning the equipment, stated that health insurance remains the best form of healthcare financing and urged all ndi Anambra to take such advantage seriously.
“These are very expensive machines with the latest technology provided by ASHIA. The more people enroll in health insurance, the more funds are pooled to provide better services to the enrollees.”
“I am thankful to Dr. Onyemaechi and his team for this innovation “.
Dr. Obidike urged ndị Anambra to maximise the opportunity provided by ASHIA to access the best healthcare services as that is the vision of Prof. Charles Soludo’s administration.
On his part, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of ASHIA, Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi stated that the scheme provided the equipment through ASHIA innovative financing model; a model of using excess pooled funds from the insurance to provide better services to the enrollees.
“The equipment worth over N10 million; Latest technology in Chemistry Analyser to test liver function, Haematology, and Electrophoresis for genotype testing.”
The result of the test provided by the machine cannot be altered anywhere in the world because they are the latest technology.
Dr. Onyemaechi also stated that with the installed 7.5kv solar power system provided by ASHIA, the lab will be functional every day.
In his vote of thanks, Dr. Ifeneme Frank, CMD of the general hospital, noted that the equipment will help boost the services provided by the hospital. He observed that Enugwu-Ukwu and other communities around and indeed ndị Anambra will benefit from the services.
Anambra State Insurance Agency has through innovative financing provided latest technological equipment worth millions of naira to various accredited hospitals under the scheme.