Cross River to deploy drones to supply healthcare materials

The Cross River Health Insurance Agency plans to use drones to deliver health materials to rural areas, the Director-General, Mr Godwin Iyala, said in Calabar on Monday.

Cross River state Governor Ben Ayade. [The Sun]

Gov. Ben Ayade has also approved March 9 as the flag-off date of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) enrolment into the Health Insurance Scheme.

“Our international partners will provide drones that will make for effective delivery of medical materials to the rural areas, given the state’s unique, but difficult terrain,’’ he said.

Iyala added that packages to be delivered by the drones would include items for the treatment of basic ailments, for caesarean sections for expectant mothers, and tuberculosis, leprosy and cancer drugs and medicaments.

He said that those who enrol in the BHCPF would be expected to pay N1,000 monthly amounting to N12, 000 per annum.

He outlined the benefits of the scheme to include “the pooling of resources for cross-subsidisation of health costs where those in the high-income bracket subsidise those in the low-income bracket.’’

The director-general noted that with plans already put in place, the state was on the path of achieving universal health coverage for its citizens.

He enjoined all residents of Cross River to enrol in the scheme “to achieve better health for all.’’

NAN recalls that the flag-off of the scheme, earlier scheduled for April 7, 2020, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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