Benue state Health Insurance Agency has registered 10,000 indigenes to benefit from the health insurance scheme.
Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr. Kenneth Korve, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Makurdi said the enrollment started early last month with three teams sent to the three senatorial districts of the state.
Dr. Korve appealed to all the stakeholders at the local government level including the traditional rulers and the councilors to cooperate with the team and also mobilise the aged, physically challenged, pregnant women, widows, the vulnerable and children below the age of five to participate in order to access health care services free of charge and pointed out that the state do not want any one to be left out.
While expressing disappointment over the allegation that some people were collecting money from the people before enrolling them, Dr. Korve said the enrollment is free of charge and wondered why health personnel will collect money from the poor for the service that is free.
He promised to monitor the exercise closely to address such challenges and urged the people within the group of enrollment not to give money to anyone for enrollment but report those requesting for money to the appropriate quarters for necessary action.