The Ogun State government has launched and deployed the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) mobile devices in implementing its community-based Health Insurance Scheme, called Araya, to make health care service delivery more efficient, reliable and dependable across the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, spoke at the Araya ICT deployment training and handover of the mobile devices to third party administrators, organised by the Ministry of Health in Abeokuta, the state capital.
In a statement by his media aide, Mrs. Omolala Awolana, the commissioner noted that the new development would ensure programmatic efficiency and support the rapid scale up of the intervention.
He added that the implementation processes of the scheme, which is paper-based, would be done technologically, thereby shortening the period between registration and the linkage of the client to service.
Ipaye said: “A health insurance is a big business globally. So, to bring about programmatic efficiency, we sort the approval of the governor to bring ICT into play. 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.”
The commissioner urged the third party administrators to effectively use the devices given to them and show commitment and dedication to their duty as a service provider.
He said this would make health care service delivery easier for the residents of the state.
Two of the third party administrators at the training, Mr. Damilola Sodiya and Mrs. Ogunwe Olukemi, expressed appreciation to the government for the innovation and intervention.
They assured the users that the device would be effective deployed for the success of the scheme.
The Nation News