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Ogun State to Provide Free Healthcare to Residents

The Ogun State Government has announced that 70,000 individuals will receive free access to healthcare for one year under its health insurance scheme.

Dr. Afolabi Dosunmu, the Executive Secretary of the Ogun State Health Insurance Agency, disclosed this with journalists in Abeokuta on Saturday.

Mr Dosunmu explained that aside from fulfilling their premiums, registered patients will also benefit from the free surgical procedures announced by Governor Dapo Abiodun in January.

He revealed that over 1000 surgeries have been conducted since the start of March, and the number of patients seeking screenings has surpassed expectations.

Also, he mentioned that some patients unable to undergo immediate surgeries have been referred to higher levels of care for operations at a later date for various reasons.

“The governor had instructed us to enroll 70,000 people for free medical care but he insisted that we gather people that need one surgical intervention or the other and that was how we started that journey.

“Of course, there’s a process; when you get there, they enroll you on insurance; you see a doctor who screens you and look at if that surgery can be done now or later. There are some people with high blood pressure, some with high blood sugar and other conditions and of course we can’t do surgeries for those ones but they’ll get it done at a later date because they already have our card,” he said.

However, Mr Dosunmu expressed concern over the fact that numerous potential or referred patients declined to obtain their insurance, which serves as their assurance for the complimentary medical and surgical treatments.

He encouraged patients who registered, underwent screening, but were provided with later surgery dates to visit the facility and collect their cards.