The Executive Secretary, Osun Health Insurance Agency (OSHIA), Dr Rasaq Akindele has said that the agency has begin processes to go and full automation adding that this will not only reduce the use of paper but also make operations easier for the agency.
Akindele further notes that the agency will also introduce a mobile application, which is in a bid to promote and enrol more residents into the health scheme, and in compliance with the global trends.
He made this known during the first quarter of the forum meeting held with the healthcare service providers in Osogbo on Friday adding that the mobile app will be an efficient tool in gathering of residents and information.
He said, “We are also going to launch OSHIA App, that you can download from Google store, Apple store, Playstore and all the rest and you can do registration on it, you can pay for your premium payment on it and the hospitals can manage on it. This will enable easy access to the services from anywhere without necessarily visiting the office.
“We are going to automate our system, so that we reduce transfer of paper and hardcopies. Where a lot of people are going to be able to do things on their own “, he further explained.
“We really working hard to get the informal sector, we are using all forms of publicity that we can, the Media even door to door, to let people know what benefits they stand from enrolling into OHIS “, he stated.
The Executive Secretary also stated that the Pensioners registration have started in December, and it continued till January, and February 1st, and they will start accessing healthcare free of charge.
He also spoke about teenship scheme for students across all tertiary institutions in the State. who can also enrol into the healthcare services.
Speaking on the challenges the Agency is facing, Akindele said “of course, funds are the most challenges, that’s why we call on stakeholders and more people to enroll into the scheme so as to increase the capital base and enlarge the scope.
Dr Adeyemo Adekunle, Representing State Cordinator National Health Insurance Agency, commended OSHIA for always being a shining example for others to emulate. He also added that the percentage of informal sector receiving quality healthcare will bring in more people to key into the programme.
Some of the healthcare services providers, who spoke with Newsmen commended the Agency for the providing conducive platform to be able to address the issues the healthcare service providers are facing and providing the solutions to it.