Free Health Insurance to IGR Compliant Shuttle Drivers, Keke Riders

: ASHIA MD, Onyemaechi Lauds Governor Soludo

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi, has applauded the Governor of Anambra State, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR, for offering free health insurance to IGR compliant drivers in the state.

Dr. Onyemaechi was reacting to the latest government release which detailed modes of IGR collection and remittances for tricycle riders, shuttle and urban drivers, which was signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Paul Nwosu.

According to the government, ‘Moving forward, every compliant commercial bus driver will get a free health insurance cover that will enable the insured have access to basic health and emergency services in any Anambra State Hospital,’ the statement read.

Commenting on the policy initiative of government, ASHIA MD, Dr. Onyemaechi, said, ‘Free State Health Insurance from Anambra ASHIA by Mr Governor, Prof. Soludo Charles Chukwuma, to every Keke rider, bus and shuttle drivers in Anambra is a great Initiative.

‘This is one of the best ways of integrating the people of the informal sector into the scheme’s pool which further advances our march to achieving universal health coverage.

‘This free Health Insurance Policy of Mr Governor for compliant keke and bus drivers has ended the era of those our brothers languishing in hospitals for inability to pay their bills when they are involved in road crashes, as ASHIA will fully take care of such going forward.

‘Thank You Mr. Governor, for this which will make the would-be beneficiaries access quality health care from hospitals and not going for mixing of drugs from unauthorised vendors,’ he concluded.