The Ogun State Government has commenced the registration of 20,000 vulnerable individuals across the 20 Local Government Areas, for free and qualitative healthcare services in government-owned facilities.
This was revealed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, while monitoring the registration process under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, at the Primary Health Center, Iperu in Ikenne Local Government.
Coker said the move was in line with the National Health Act of 2014, which established Basic Health Provision Fund for children below age five, pregnant women and people above 65 years, old who cannot afford to pay for health care services.
The Commissioner said that the basic package under the fund include antenatal care for pregnant women as well as postnatal care up to six weeks, pointing out that overall treatment would be given to children up to the age of 5, while the vulnerable would have access to treatment for headache, common malaria, blood pressure, diabetes, tuberculosis and other basic medical conditions.
She said the treatment for the first set of the vulnerable would begin almost immediately, just as any treatment that is not available at the nearest Primary Health Care Centre would be referred to the General Hospital for further management.