The National Bureau of Statistics reported in 2016 that no fewer than 112million Nigerians of the country’s total population of 167million live below the poverty line. In a society that is permeated with so many underprivileged and almost helpless people, not just in terms of feeding and housing, but also in regard to accessing quality and quantitative health care, help should be given by those who have the ability.
In view of this, and as a means of giving back to the society, Wellness Health Management Services Ltd (Wellness HMO), a leading Nigerian health insurance provider, under the leadership of the Executive Director, Mrs Adetutu Afolabi, has adopted three women and offered them a seamless, lifetime access to quality health care (Wellness for Life) via the platform of the Pastor Adenike Lamai-led Hadassah Healing Foundation at their event on Saturday, September 15th 2018.
Hadassah Healing Foundation is an NGO that furthers the cause of women in Nigeria. Hadassah is known for organising community outreach programmes that help women acquire vocational and other life empowerment skills free of charge.
Wellness HMO, since its inception, has provided quality, affordable and tailor-made health insurance plans to her subscribers. Having bought over Investcorp Medicare Ltd in 2014, the organisation as a whole has been in existence for over a decade and has in the past few years partnered with the Hadassah Foundation to provide temporary health services and screenings to women in Nigeria. For this year’s partnership, Wellness has decided to take the initiative a step further by adopting three women and taking care of their health needs for life.
According to Adetutu Afolabi, “Hadassah Healing Foundation approached us in 2015 to help conduct health screening for women, and we saw it as a good initiative. We believe that the vision bearer is doing a lot of good, because gathering less privileged women from all walks of life and deciding to teach them skills and also provide health services is a laudable project, especially because women are the pillars of the nation. When a woman is empowered, her community flourishes.
“We started partnering with Hadassah since 2015 from July to September every year, and we screen about 20,000 women for their blood sugar level and high blood pressure, while providing medications and referral to hospitals. So we felt that as a way of giving back to the society, we can adopt three women and take care of their health needs for life instead of a one-off experience with Wellness.”
The three women were selected through a raffle draw at the last Hadassah event that took place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Mrs Afolabi explained. After the raffle draw, each of them was given a ‘Wellness For Life’ gift certificate.”
She further explained that the selected women would be educated on the benefits of the gift and how they can access health care seamlessly with their access cards.
When asked if Wellness HMO would be able to sustain this initiative, Mrs Afolabi promised that, “For as long as Wellness is in business, we will ensure the sustainability of this initiative, and we won’t stop at three. We hope to increase the number of beneficiaries yearly.”
On the acceptance and patronage of health insurance in Nigeria, she said: “The acceptance of health insurance, is very low compared to the adoption of same in other African countries like Kenya and Ghana. There is the need for more education on the benefits of health insurance plans and how it can be included in individual and organisations’ financial planning. You actually save more and can prevent financial frustrations associated with emergency healthcare needs.” Wellness promises her subscribers on retail and corporate plans peace of mind and an opportunity to enjoy healthcare plans suited to their needs.
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