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Africa has largest diseases in the world – World Bank

…as KWSG plans to setup agency to manage Health Insurance Scheme A World Bank Official, Dr. KhamaRogo has observed that Africa has the largest burden of diseases in the world, and the lowest in accessible healthcare delivery to its citizenry. Dr. Rogo who is the Lead Health Specialist in Africa,World Bank Group, made this observation yesterday when he led officials of World Bank and Pharm Access on a courtesy call on the Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed at Government House, Ilorin. Dr. Rogo attributed the current state of health in Africa to inadequate finances compared to its rapidly growing population and poverty level.
The Health Specialist who identified health financing as the most important intervention in the health sector anywhere in the world, commended the Kwara state government for its plan to make the Community Health Insurance Scheme a statewide programme in line with the Universal Health Coverage. Dr. Rogo expressed readiness of his group in supporting the state government in providing affordable and accessible healthcare delivery to the people of the state. In his response, the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has expressed his administrations readiness to set up an agency to manage the State health insurance scheme. The governor made this known when he received Dr. KhamaRogo, Lead Health Specialist and Head of the World Bank Group's Health in Africa Initiative and his team at the government house in Ilorin yesterday, expressing delight over the health insurance law which has been passed. He explained that a strong agency will be setup with adequate personnel to provide strong healthcare service delivery and drive health sector funding away from supply and financing. Alhaji Ahmed assured that government will not only put a strong agency in place but one that will outlive the administration and be sustainably used to develop healthcare services in the State beyond current levels. He added that the insurance scheme will bring about the right funding into the health sector and not necessarily dependent on the traditional funding window of government businesses. Governor Ahmed further disclosed that the State government has recognized areas that require infrastructure upscale and has moved to improve on them for a more robust healthcare service delivery. He promised his administrations readiness to tap into the current potentials that are in the health industry to complement Kwara State healthcare service delivery and make healthcare available to majority of Kwarans under the insurance scheme. He added that the healthcare scheme is in line with the issuance of the Kwara Resident Identification Number (KRIN) which will improve participation, translate to service delivery and complement government’s effort in terms of infrastructure and availability. Earlier in his address, Prof. KhamaRogo stressed the importance of health financing adding that the biggest empowerment any government can give to its citizen is health insurance. He noted that there is a recommitment to the universal health coverage in order to avail quality healthcare to every person on earth. Dr. Rogo however added that in Africa, the movement is challenging because of the level of development. He therefore commended the Kwara State government’s effort in piloting health insurance and prepaid care through its Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS).
Africa has largest diseases in the world – World Bank Reviewed by nationalmoonlight on October 14, 2017 Rating: 5

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