Popular Actor, Odunlade Adekola Gets Ogun State Appointment
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Odunlade Adekola, a well-known Nollywood actor, was introduced by the Ogun Ministry of Health on Monday as the state’s ambassador for health insurance.
Dr. Tomi Coker, the state’s commissioner for health, stated that this was a part of the administration’s efforts to broaden the insurance program throughout the state.
According to Coker, the actor was chosen because of his versatility and spontaneity to raise awareness of the plan.
He claimed that the actor’s broad appeal and widespread acceptability among people of all ages would operate as “a catalyst to propagate the movement and adoption of the scheme throughout the state.”
Coker said: “We will like to draw awareness for our health insurance acceptance in the communities.
”We looked up and down in Nigeria and inward in Ogun and our Ambassador cannot be anybody else than Mr Odunlade Adekola, because he is a son of the soil.
“He was born right here in Abeokuta and he’s a very familiar face on our screens and on radio.
“We want the public to engage in our health insurance process, hence, the choice of this multi-talented and influential brand Ambassador.”
The commissioner, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Adekola, said that the state has registered 50,000 indigents in 196 primary healthcare centres in the state.
Coker said the indigents are those from the informal sector, who cannot afford out-of-pocket payments to access quality healthcare, hence, the need to raise awareness for more registration.
She said that the residents who registered were expected to pay N12,000 annually to register for the insurance scheme, so as to access healthcare at any of the primary health centres in the state.
“A couple of weeks ago, the insurance law mandated that we, as citizens of Nigeria, must have health insurance.
“This means that we will have a sustainable way of financing our healthcare and no one will have to pay out of pocket to access healthcare.
“Of the 50,000 that registered, we have been able to employ 50 doctors, 40 midwives and about to employ 64 more doctors to ensure that when you visit a health centre, you’ll meet a doctor or skill health professional to attend to you,” she said.
Odunlade Adekola, who accepted the position of ambassador, stated that because “health is wealth,” it is important to treat it seriously.
He committed to collaborating closely with the government to enhance the public health system.
The actor promised to spread the health insurance program’s principles to all parts of the state.
He was grateful that the state government had chosen him to represent one of the most key sectors in the nation.