As the Ondo State Government is making frantic effort to start implementation of the Mandatory Contributory Health Scheme, vulnerable groups which include pregnant women are to enjoy free healthcare.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro made this statement while placating pregnant women who protested alleged increment in the levies paid at the State Specialist Hospital Akure.
Dr. Adegbenro who highlighted some of the effort of government to ensure the people of the state are availed qualitative and affordable healthcare, said the government cannot afford to toy with the health of the people.
The Commissioner said the rift which was uncalled for, came as a result of communication gap, as all that Was done was in their interest .
He appealed for dialogue as the government will not go against the will of the people.
The Health Commissioner assured that the Health Insurance Scheme will provide a pull of funds to run the Health Sector and the vulnerable group which include pregnant women will be adequately taken care.
The Permanent Secretary Hospital Management Board, Dr. Adeniran Ikuomola appreciated the fact that the Pregnant women had right to protest whatever they detest in a democracy but appealed for dialogue as the woman in his words were in a sensitive state.
He reiterated the commitment of the government and the entire health sector to promoting the interest and welfare of the vulnerable in the society.
The Chief Medical Director State Specialist Hospital Akure, Dr. Moses Adewole said the decisions to lump all levies under booking, was in the interest of the pregnant women as all expenses during antenatal are subsumed under it.
One of the pregnant women, Mrs Margret Okay who spoke on behalf of other pregnant women told the Commissioner and his team the remote cause of their griviances and the Commissioner immediately ordered a reversal .