Uyai-Abasi Etido


The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma has assured the workers in the state of free medical care as part of sustaining the state’s Social Health Insurance Scheme.

He made the assurance on Tuesday, at a town hall meeting he held with top management staff of the Imo Civil Service, in Owerri.

Uzodimma also noted that more than 47,000 verified workers in the state would be captured by the scheme both at state and Local Government levels, and they would be receiving medical care from government owned hospitals and designated private hospitals.

In his words: “I’ve been told it would cost N500 million to sustain this health insurance but that notwithstanding, I remain committed to it.”

“Health is wealth. We therefore remain committed to improving the health and by extension the productivity of civil servants in our state’s workforce.”

It was also gathered that he directed the state’s Ministry of Health to immediately commence the process of getting all verified workers into the free medical scheme.

On his part, the state’s Head of Service, Mr Raymond Ucheoma, commended the effort of the governor in sustaining the welfare of workers in the state.