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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said the Equity Funds component of the state’s Health Insurance Scheme would be deployed to offset bills of indigent patients at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).
He reassured that his government will sustain reforms in the healthcare system to reposition the state as the country’s medical hub.
Obaseki gave the assurance when he received the Chief Medical Director of the University of UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, who was on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City.
The governor noted: “We have no choice but to support you because your success is our success. So, in terms of road rehabilitation in your hospital, we are coming straight to it; we don’t have enough but we will do it.
“I will talk to the Edo Healthcare Insurance Scheme so that we can make funds available from the equity funds to offset the bills of the poorest of the poor who cannot pay for the quality of services you have offered them.
“For us, we are grateful that we have the UBTH here in this state, as very few states can boast of such a facility. You have helped us to do things professionally; we are not afraid to put out our data; the data that we put out in Edo can stand the test of time anywhere in the world.”
He continued: “Our experience from the outbreak of coronavirus showed us that the healthcare system in Edo is one. God forbid you fall ill or you have an emergency, it won’t matter where you are treated. At that point, you don’t care if it is a federal, state, or religious institution, as long as you get cured.
“My standpoint as a governor of Edo is that the healthcare system in Edo is one. Our responsibility is to make sure that every institution here lives up to a minimum standard of quality care and it is also our responsibility to support them to meet up to that minimum standard.”
Urging on the need for residents to get vaccinated and ensure compliance with preventive protocols against the spread of the virus, Obaseki said: “I am saddened when I see people not protecting themselves against COVID-19. We are not making vaccination compulsory, but for now, it is the best way to protect yourselves and protect the people around you.
“Go to any of our isolation centers and see what is happening to people,” he worried.
Earlier, Prof. Darlington Obaseki commended the governor for the support which the hospital management has enjoyed under his leadership.
L-R: Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Chief Medical Director, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof. Darlington Obaseki; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, UBTH, Dr. Stanley Okugbo, during a courtesy visit by the management of UBTH, at the Government House, in Benin City.