Anambra State Health Insurance Agency has commemorated the 2022 World Universal Health Coverage Day in Awka.
The United Nations General Assembly endorsed a resolution which urged countries of the world to accelerate progress towards the attainment of universal health coverage.
Universal health coverage is such a time when everyone, everywhere would have access to quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible.
The first celebration was held on December 12, 2014.
The day is meant to celebrate progress made towards attainment of universal health coverage, while raising awareness of what is required for families and communities all over the world to have access to essential care, that must be affordable, accessible, of good quality, equitable and sustainable.
Speaking during the event, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASHIA, Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi said that the theme of the day which is “build the world we want: A healthy future for all” provides an opportunity to reflect on the modest efforts of the Anambra state government towards building a prosperous homeland where everybody can live and enjoy life to full potentials without suffering catastrophic health expenditure.
Dr. Onyemaechi said that with the realization that over 85% of Ndi Anambra belong to the informal sector, the Agency developed the adoption model to catalyze activities around enrollment of that segment of the society.
He said that ASHIA as at the moment have registered over 180,000 persons into the scheme.
The ASHIA boss noted that Governor Chukwuma Soludo has taken the ASHIA coverage to another level by introducing the Solution Care for road transport workers who are compliant with payment of weekly/monthly levy to operate.
He thanked their partners, the European Union and World Health Organization for their technical and financial support.
Mrs. Uche Ezenwaka delivered lecture on ” access to health insurance and it’s influence on health-seeking behaviour in Anambra state”.
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