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Roundtable Dialogue 2022: WAF Advises Ogun farmers on Health Insurance

Submitted by admin on 20 December 2022

Wellness Africa Foundation (WAF) has advised farmers in Ogun state to get enrolled in the government's basic health provision fund in a bid not to be left out in accessing quality health for the overall good.

The Foundation's Executive Director, Akintunde Akinmolayan made the remarks in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital during the 2022 Alake Adedotun Roundtable Dialogue on 'Promoting Health Insurance to Improve Universal Health Coverage for Farmers, organised by the Foundation on the 18th of November, 2022.

Akinmolayan noted that famers constitute about 70 percent of rural dwellers, hence, the programme is about advocacy on health insurance for them.

The agric expert who stressed the importance of farmers in the society, stated that farmers are a key factor in the agriculture value-chain.

He equally said that WAF's advocacy on health insurance was to ensure that farmers understand the importance of taking health insurance.

He said "Ours is to advocate health insurance to farmers. We want to ensure that farmers understand that taking health insurance will not plunge them or their household into poverty. Primary health care centers in the state have been renovated for this purpose”.

Also, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Agriculture, Dr. Angel Adelaja-Kuye said the state government is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that farmers and market women and men in the state continue have access to the healthcare programme put in place by Governor Dapo Abiodun.

She disclosed that the programme for farmers attracts payment of N10,000 in a year. 

Stressing the current administration's commitment to ensuring farmer's wellbeing, the SSA said Governor Abiodun will not relent in his efforts to make sure that farmers in the state live a strong and healthy life.

Her words "We are making sure that everybody is aware of the health care programme that the governor put in place for in Ogun State. This programme for farmers is N10,000 in a year. We have been sensitising farmers since 2019 before the programme started. 

"They were (farmers) the first people we went to go and survey to know what are the kind of things they would like in this programme and the governor made it available to them, especially the farmers.

"In addition to that, we worked with the All-Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), we work with other farmers interest groups to make sure that farmers in their respective communities enjoy this programme and we are sensitising them. We will make sure that there is no stone that is left unturned. 

"We also want to flag-off the primary health care centers so that they will see for themselves what kind of things they can access. All of these things they will access are under this health care programme.

" We will continue to make sure that the farmers live a strong and healthy life and we will continue to make sure we find a way of making sure that our famers come to the programme," she added.