By Stanley Onyekwere.
As part of its effort to sustain the implementation of community health insurance initiative in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the FCT Administration through its Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS) has organised atraining for Heads of Health departments in the six area councils, on ways and modalities to go about the scheme.
CBHIS, which is under the supervision of the minister of state for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, organized the training in collaboration with the FCT Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Coordinator of FCT CBHIS, Dr. Grace Aganaba, said the training was meant to carry the heads of departments along in the progress of health service delivery in the communities, in the various area councils, as the heads of department are in charge of health and they advise their respective council chairmen on health issues.
Aganaba, added that the participants need to know the strategies the CBHIS is bringing in the health insurance process, noting that they also need to know how and what to do during the process of the scheme, and how to assist the programme to make it successful the best they could.
“In cases where the health officers are not being taking care of, they are the ones we can interact with, for them to take care of the situation. They have given us desk officers to work with us and we need to always interact with them, so that they are carried along all the time.
“It is the administration of the FCTA, through the supervision of the FCT Minister for State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, who is determined to ensure that every resident of the FCT have access to health care delivery, by assisting in the subsidy, in repairing of hospitals, in providing drugs, giving health education and health provision. The Minister of State’s 100 per cent commitment is giving this scheme, the success it desires,” she said.
One of the participants, the Head of Health Department of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Dr. Modupe Adeyinka, said that the training was very important, even though, most of them have been brought on board on the community based health insurance scheme, the people still need to be closer to the health department, so that the council can actually own it and give it complete support.