Oyo to enrol traders on health insurance

Traders, artisans, market leaders and members of the informal sector in Oyo state have indicated their readiness to adopt the Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS) as a way of tapping into affordable healthcare in the state.

During a one-day sensitisation  programme organized by the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA), in collaboration with associations of market men and women in the state, the market leaders said, they are adopting the scheme as a way of encouraging their members across the state to spend less on maintaining their health in view of the difficulties associated with their trading activities.

The stakeholders meeting which held at the Western Hall, Oyo State House of Assembly Complex, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, had in attendance Market leaders council including, the Babaloja General of Oyo State, Asiwaju Yekinni Oladapo; President, Canteen Workers Association, Amudalat  Iyaduuni Lawal and President, Tradesmen and Artisan Association, Yisau Hamzat.

Setting the tone for the commitment, the head of the market leaders in Oyo State, the Babaloja-General, Yekini Abass, assured the government of the support of market men and women in the State noting that the issue of health is important and must be taken with utmost seriousness.

Other speakers in their various remarks explained that many traders engage in strenuous efforts, which in the long run tell on their health but would only take it seriously when they breakdown and are unable to go out.

The leaders who commended  OYSHIA for enlightening  them on the numerous benefits accruable in the scheme with little fund pledged their commitment and support for the scheme, promising to encourage their members to buy into and register for the health insurance scheme.

Speaking on the reason behind the initiative, the Executive Secretary (ES), OYSHIA, Dr. Sola Akande, said, it is imperative for the market men and women in the state to inculcate themselves into the scheme in order to live a healthy life, in accordance with the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration’s health plan for the citizens of the State.

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