TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY DR. ADENIYI OGINNI, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, OSUN HEALTH INSURANCE AGENCY, ON MONDAY, 26TH OCTOBER, 2020 ON THE INCIDENCE OF THE VANDALISATION OF THE AGENCY’S HEADQUARTERS AND DRUG DISTRIBUTION CENTRE AT HEALTH SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (HSDP) COMPLEX, BEHIND OSAMDO HOUSE, OGO-OLUWA, OSOGBO WHICH OCCURRED ON SATURDAY, 24TH OCTOBER, 2020 IN THE HANDS OF HOODLUMS.
The good people of Osun State and Gentlemen of the press.
It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the vandalisation of offices and carting away of electronics, ICT equipments, office furniture and medicines by hoodlums who attacked our agency on Saturday 24th October, 2020. On the said day, rampaging hoodlums besieged the agency’s head office and OHIS Drug Distribution Centre (OHIS DDC) that share the same compound with the state central medical store which housed the mosquito nets currently being distributed across the state by the state malaria programme. The hoodlums who were said to have observed that there were many heavy duty and luxurious vehicles moving in and out of the complex on Friday 23rd, October, 2020 suspected that the warehouse must contain some COVID – 19 palliatives and decided to storm the complex with all manner of weapons and tools on the said day.
Recall that the Governor of the state, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola in demonstration of his commitment to his promise to provide qualitative health care for the good people of the state last year released the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira take-off grant to establish the agency and another Four Hundred and Seventy Seven Million Naira as equity grant to fund the vulnerable programme of Osun Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS) which is meant to provide quality healthcare for the poorest of the poor at no cost to them whatsoever. Over One hundred and Sixty seven thousand (167,000) enrollees including civil servants, self employed and vulnerable indigent persons are already enjoying the scheme with another list of 24,712 vulnerable persons and people living with disability whose vulnerability status has just been validated waiting for enrolment and empanelment to healthcare facilities where they would have started receiving healthcare free of charge from November, 2020. There are 86 healthcare facilities both public and private already providing primary and secondary care to our enrollees across the state.
In addition, in order to ease the problem of out of stock syndrome of medicines for OHIS enrollees the Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola gave approval for the agency to establish OHIS Drug Distribution Centre with a ssed stock of 25,000,000 Naira to supply medicines and consumables to all government hospitals accredited for service provision under the scheme. This way our enrollees have been enjoying supply of drugs contained in our Essential Medicine List whenever they present to our hospitals. This incidentally is the first of its kind to be operated by any state health insurance agency in the country and has now been vandalized with more than half the drugs carted away by hoodlums.
The sum of the properties carted away and those vandalized is estimated at about One Hundred and Twenty Million. We appeal to all residents of the state and all landlords who see electronic equipments, computers, printers, furniture, generators, refridgerators and drugs being brought to their houses to please notify the law enforcement agents promptly. Please help the government to continue to provide quality healthy services to the good people of our state under OHIS which has become a household name in the state. Please let us stop this destruction of our commonwealth and allow government settle down to serve us better.
Long live Osun State.
I thank you.