Isioma Okobah To Deltans: Embrace Contributory Health Insurance Scheme

BY Vincent Anikwushe
DELTANS, particularly, civil servants have been advised to embrace the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme of the state government for quality, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery system.
The Chairman, Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA), Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah, gave the advice in a chat with journalists in Asaba.
She said that the benefits of the contributory health insurance scheme cannot be over-emphasised, adding that the scheme would afford an enrollee the benefit of assessing medicare in a designated medical facility without necessarily paying as the person would benefit from the pool of his/her contributions.
Dr. Okobah, who is also the Executive Assistant to the Governor on E-Health Programme, said that through the contributory health scheme, resources are pulled from the source to offset the medical bill of a sick enrollee, saying that some people have to pay for others who could not afford the bills.
According to her, E-Health (Electronic health) ensures that all medical records are stored electronically for the success of the contributory health insurance scheme and other healthcare programmes in the state.
She expressed her profound gratitude to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for her appointment and for finding her worthy to serve in his government, disclosing that she was going to relocate from the USA to Delta State to enable her contribute her quota to the development of the state, in line with the SMART Agenda.
Her words, “The only way to do my job effectively and efficiently is to be in Delta State full time. My appointment shows that our amiable governor has trust and confidence in me. This is an opportunity to serve Deltans and I promise to live up to expectations and justify my appointment.
“I will do my best to ensure that Primary Health Care (PHC) delivery system in the state is revitalised and also ensure the reduction of child and maternal morbidity in the state. All hands should therefore be on deck to achieve set goals,” she inferred.
While disclosing that her office would partner the 05 Initiative of Dame Edith Okowa to visit the prisons in the state for free medical services on December 19, 2017, Dr. Okobah, who also is the leader of Delta Doctors in the Diaspora averred that she would bring her wealth of experience and professional expertise to bear in the discharge of her duties.

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