Ebonyi enrolls 136,831 pregnant women, others in health insurance

Ebonyi state government has enrolled 136, 831 into the state health insurance scheme

Executive Secretary , Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency,(EBSHIA) Dr. Divine Igwe, disclosed this during a press briefing in Abakaliki, the state capital on the achievements of Governor Francis Nwifuru in one year.

Igwe explained that the beneficiaries included 9,000 pregnant women, 15,000 children under 5 years among others.

He noted that the Governor released the sum of N178m as counterpart fund and civil servants health insurance scheme to the health insurance agency.

He said, “EBSHIA was able to collaborate with the entire government structure for easy operation of health insurance in the state.

“The Governor of the state being a health friendly Governor approved the release of BHCPF counterpart fund, #139,000,000.

“He also approved # 200,000,000 for vulnerable group health insurance premium. Released monthly #37,000,000 for State Civil Servants (ONWA Health
care) health Insurance.

“Basic Health Care Provision Funds (BHCPF)-Prior to March 2024,BHCPF counts 51,871 enrollees.The ongoing enrolment into BHCPF is 60,000 enrollees.State Equity Fund (SEF)- has 13,000 enrollees
Formal Sector -8,000
Informal Sector and others-3400
PHC Challenged Fund-560.

“In all,136,831 enrollees have benefitted in health insurance within one year Of Governor Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru being in office.

“Out of this number,pregnant women in the current enrolment is 9,000
Children under 5 years is 15,000;
Others include PWD (People with Disability)and Indigent.

“Through EBSHIA, the government of Ebonyi state has given the following services free of charge to the beneficiaries across 171 political wards of the state.

“4,608 reserved immunization-free.
3,056 free normal deliveries.
50 free caesarian sessions.-20,228 free malaria treatment.

“3,612 free hypertension management.
943 free diabetes management.
12,665 respiratory tract infection managed. 5,628 free diarrhea managed.
1,583 urinary tract infection managed.
100 free Herniorrhaphy done (100 other surgeries including Appendectomy, myomectomy,hydrocelectomy done).

“In EBSHIA’s partnership with the office of the wife of the Governor,out of the 4,076 pregnant women enrolled, 341 has delivered.

“hrough the same office,EBSHIA harvested 100 elderly males living with scrotal hernia across the 171 wards of the state for operation. It is already completed”.