By Asma’u Ahmad
The Cross River State Government says it will soon commence full implementation of the State Health Insurance Scheme (SHIS) to make healthcare delivery accessible to the people.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, made this known on Monday after receiving the draft copy of the implementation plan for the scheme.
Newsmen report that an NGO, Health, Finance and Governance, presented the implementation plan to the state government through the commissioner in Calabar.
Archibong, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Aye Henshaw, thanked the NGO and their partners, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), for producing the document.
Also, Mr Godwin Iyala, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Insurance, said they are at the point of flagging off the scheme by the governor, saying the implementation will commence immediately.
“We have selected three Primary Healthcare centres in each local government area and equipped them as a take-off points, while we continue working on others across the state,’’ he said.
The representative of Health, Finance and Governance, Mr Somtochukwu Mbelu, thanked the state government for appointing the organisation as its guide. Mbelu urged operators of the project to make full and proper use of the document to achieve maximum result.