Ogun State has launched and deployed the use of ICT mobile devices in implementing its Community Based Health Insurance Scheme, tagged ‘Araya’, in order to make health care service delivery more efficient, reliable and dependable in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye made this known at the Araya ICT Deployment Training and Hand-Over Ceremony of ICT Mobile devices to Third Party Administrators, organised by the State Ministry of Health in Abeokuta.
Ipaye, in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Mrs. Omolala Awolana, stated that the new development would not only ensure programmatic efficiency but would also support the rapid scale up of the intervention, adding that the implementation processes of the scheme which was paper based would now be done technologically thereby shortening the period between registration and the linkage of the client to service.
“Health Insurance is a big business globally and so to bring about programmatic efficiency, we sort the approval of His Excellency to bring ICT into play and so what we are doing today is to launch the introduction of ICT to help us drive the efficiency in the implementation of this special project”, Ipaye stated.
He therefore urged the Third Party Administrators to effectively use the devices given to them and also to be more committed and dedicated to their duty as a service provider for citizenry, so as to make health care service delivery easier for the residents of the state.
Speaking at the event, two of the Third Party Administrators at the training, Mr. Damilola Sodiya and Mrs. Ogunwe Olukemi appreciated the State Government for the innovation and intervention, assuring that the device would be effectively used so as to aid the success of the scheme.