Governor Abdufatah Ahmed of Kwara State has launched the Kwara State Health Insurance Scheme, KHIS, with a charge on all Kwara residents to enroll on the healthcare programme as it kicks off on the second of August this year. Governor Ahmed made the charge during the official launch of the KHIS on Thursday at the Banquet Hall, Ilorin, the state capital.
The state Governor said the scheme is to ensure universal quality, basic healthcare for all Kwara state residents at very affordable rate, a task he described as one of the cardinal responsibilities of governments all over the world.
He also stated that the health scheme is an expansion of the initial Community Health Insurance Scheme which would enable Kwarans and residents access critical treatment, pay hospital fees and buy prescribed drugs for a low annual premium.
Before unveiling the KHIS logo, Governor Ahmed thanked donors and partners including The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PharmAccess Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, USAID and partners of the Saving Lives At Birth Project, and SafeCare for their contribution in bringing the scheme to fruition.
Highlighting the success of KWCHIS, Executive Secretary, Kwara Health Insurance Agency, Dr Mrs Olubunmi Jetawo-Winter, said critical steps have been taken to ensure that the newly extended scheme is stabilized and sustainable. Jetawo-Winter added that the extension of registration at the one hundred and ninety-three wards in Kwara will reduce the fee-for-service type system and put an end to unaffordable healthcare burdens on many citizens