Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has directed the management of the State Health Insurance Scheme to commence the registration of all journalists in the state.
The governor also stated that the policy covers for primary and secondary health care.
Obaseki said: “Registered journalists under the scheme would be eligible to access health care at both public and private hospitals in the state”.
He continued: “A card would be issued to individual journalist at the point of registration. This card also covers for specified number of members of the journalist family”, he added.
The special adviser on media projects to the governor, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this during the inauguration of the newly elected executive members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Edo State.
Continuing on the health insurance, Crusoe said: “With the health insurance card, you (journalist) can work into hospitals and get your treatment almost free.
“The essence of building an hospital is to give people access to health care and that is what Governor Obaseki is doing”, the SA stated.
Crusoe also dismissed insinuations that the ongoing reconstruction of the over a 100 years old central hospital buildings in Benin City had been earmarked for motor park.
He said: “the facility is no longer much of a hospital because most of the structures have decayed.
“As a government, we don’t think it’s wise to keep a derelicinfrastructure for sentiment so that people will not be angry.”
All members of the exco were re-elected for a second term tenure of three years.