By John Kayode
The Ondo State Government has commenced data capturing for workers in preparation for the takeoff of the state health insurance scheme, code-named ORANGEHIS.
Speaking shortly after being captured, the state Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele said the scheme, when fully takes off, would alleviate the health challenges faced by workers which some led to incapacitation or untimely death.
According to him, the era when workers in the state would be running around to raise funds from their meagre resources to save the lives of their sick colleagues is gone with the take-off of ORANGEHIS
He hinted that apart from subscribing to the scheme at the various hospitals of workers’ choice, the state government had concluded arrangements to build a clinic within the premises of the State Contributory Health Agency as a model for the scheme in the state.
While lauding the Governor Akeredolu-led government for the initiative, Ogundele charged all civil servants in the state to key in and avail themselves of the opportunities ORANGEHIS would offer.
In his words, ‘In this programme, the health challenges that normally face the workers, the programme will take care of it fully. In fact, unlike in some places, this programme takes care of some surgical expenses’
‘In addition, the governor felt if we trying to actually ask for standard from our service providers, we should have a model that we can look up to and follow. Mr Governor has directed that there should be a model clinic that can serve part of the civil servants who may when to choose it. It would be able to provide essential services that they would get from all these other service providers.’ He added.
You will recall that Governor Akeredolu recently flagged off the ORANGEHIS scheme for workers in the state which is expected to fully kick off with the ongoing data capturing exercise.