AXA Mansard has restated its resolve to the development of community health insurance system in the country.
The company’s Managing Director, Mr. Tope Adeniyi, who spoke with journalists during the commissioning of Nathaniel Olabisi Idowu Community Health Centre at Eni Osa, Lagelu/Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo state, said the company through its HMO would provide technical supports for the partnership between community health centers and University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
He said: “There is an active plan by Nathaniel Idowu foundation to further expand the scope of services provided by the NOICH, to include a soon-to-be-launched community based health insurance scheme (CBHS) which will be managed by AXA Mansard insurance company.
“AXA Mansard being an insurance company will support community health insurance system. We have an HMO that focus on building community to make sure that they have better health care at an affordable cost in order to ensure the sustainability of this partnership between this health centre and University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.
“We needed to introduce technical support on health insurance whereby the community pays a token and supported by the Nathaniel Idowu health organization so that the centre can keep growing from time to time. We render technical support on how the premium will be determined, collected, administered. We also help in improving the quality of health care from time to time.”
On why the company is fully involved in the initiative, Adeniyi said one of AXA Mansard’s critical objectives is to develop people and empower them to live a better life.
“We threw our weight behind the initiative by developing a model that will ensure a sustainable growth for a developing country, especially through good health system. Universal health care will be easier to achieve by this kind of model. We intend not only to stop here but to extend these services to all teaching hospitals throughout the country, making them to partner with community health development centre for a sustainable health care delivery system across Nigeria,” he added.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said primary health care centres are basically for preventive measures and should be established closer to people in rural areas.