About 19,000 retirees will now be beneficiaries of subsidised health care services in Osun State, as the state government is set to enroll them in the Osun Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS).
This is coming after a directive by the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, for the enrollment of retirees in the state into the scheme.
The OHIS Executive Secretary, Dr Rasak Akindele, disclosed this on Thursday on the sidelines of the quarterly meeting of the OHIS management and accredited Health Care Providers.
At the meeting, which was held at the Osun State Government Secretariat in Osogbo, Dr Akindele disclosed that registration of the beneficiaries, who are 19,000 in number, would commence immediately.
He also revealed that Governor Adeleke would present them with their enrollment cards later.
“The governor has given the order that we should enroll all pensioners in the state in the scheme. All of them came out in large numbers to vote during the election and they deserve to be compensated.
“It is not even compensation; it is their right because they have a right to good health at that age, having served the state for that long.
“In fact, the governor is going to present their identity cards in commemoration of his first-year anniversary celebration. No matter the location, we have hospitals everywhere in Osun State. The number of beneficiaries is 19,000 in all.”
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting with the healthcare providers, Akindele added that, “We need to have feedback from them. What are the problems they are encountering and how can we solve them? Because they say that where there is no law, there can’t be crimes.
Dailypost/ Yetunde Oke