*hands over ICT centre to school
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District and Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Folarin on Monday announced the enrollment 1,500 people into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Senator Folarin dropped this hint at the official commissioning and handing over of multimillion naira Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre he facilitated to Methodist High School in Oluyole Local Government area in Ibadan.
According to him, his decision to enroll the 1500 constituents was to ensure they have access to quality health care services in the Senatorial District for his people particularly the 1,500 participants of the recently concluded two-week long empowerment trainings .
“Over 95% of disease conditions that afflict us are covered by the NHIS. The benefit package offers enrollees both in-patient and outpatient care, which include treatment of common ailments, provision of prescribed essential medicines, immunization, maternity care, normal delivery, health education, short-stay admissions among others” , he said.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content stated that all the beneficiaries who had not only filled required forms but also chose NHIS accredited hospitals during the two-week empowerment trainings would be contacted very soon, and that other constituents would be subscribed to the health scheme in the nearest future.
Speaking further, Senator Folarin tasked the Nigerian government to start focusing on the future of children in the country through ICT in line with global practices, adding that his choice of ICT centre was deliberate as we now live in an ICT world.
” As representative of the people, we have a duty to offer the best for people who elected us, education is what underpin what we are trying to achieve, half of our problem is solved if our children are properly educated”.
Emphasizing that the project was not to compete with the state government, Senator Folarin said, it was meant to complement effort of the government towards quality education across the state and that the school should maintain the facilities, and look for ways to sustain it.
Other facilities donated include, Micano generator, inverter batteries, printers, and internet subscription for a year among others.
The school Principal, Mrs Sanwo thanked the lawmaker for his gesture, pledging to maximize the center for its purpose.