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EDO to spend N11.3bn on healthcare sector in 2021

…insurance scheme, PHCS, others top priority

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has earmarked N11.3 billion to strengthen the state’s healthcare system and provide quality healthcare services to Edo people in 2021.

While N1 billion will be expended on contribution to the State Health Insurance Scheme, the other N10.3 billion will be used to strengthen the critical institutions and systems required to effectively provide affordable and quality healthcare service to the people.

The governor, in a statement, reassured that his administration will build a total of 250 primary health care centres across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAS) of the state in the care sector by the coronavirus next one and half years. pandemic, we now have a work

Obaseki noted that the 2021 able model for responding to budget, which was recently pre demand for affordable and sent to the state’s Assembly, comprehensive healthcare is primed at strengthening the services. state’s healthcare system across “This is in line with our plan board, sustaining gains in the to roll out the Edo State Health education and social sectors Insurance Scheme. With the provided needed stimulus scheme, Edo people would by to drive food security, support contributing a meagre sum ing the weak and vulnerable in have access to quality health our society and actively engage care across the state. ing our youths.

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According to him, “The duce out-of-pocket expenses new design is that, with the on healthcare, it would provide pilot building of 20 primary a robust base for affordable, health care centres for each quality healthcare across board, local government to test it and lure private investment to the expansion to about 60, our state and unlock the potential hope is to get about 250 PHCS of the sector to respond to them in the next one and half years.” needs of Edo people.”

Obaseki added: “Bracing The governor further noted: from the strain on the health“We intend to strengthen the critical institutions and systems required to effectively provide affordable and quality healthcare service to our people. In light of this, we are committing more resources to facilitate Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCS) operations and access to medicare for low income and lower middle-class households in the state. We are also providing for palliatives and hazard allowance, procurement of medical equipment for COVID-19 treatment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPES).

“In supporting a robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would be reinforcing structures to support the provision of effective and efficient medicare at the Local Government Area (LGA) level.”

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