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Global Acclaim As Kwara Wins OECD Health Innovation Prize In Paris

Receiving the prize, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said the state government upscaled the scheme to promote human capital development and enhance access to quality healthcare in the rural areas.

Former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki congratulates his successor Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed at the OECD Development Assistance Committee awards in Paris

Former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki congratulates his successor Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed at the OECD Development Assistance Committee awards in Paris

He told the audience which included European, African and Asian diplomats as well as development experts, that the government aims to achieve universal coverage of the estimated 1 million rural dwellers in the state under the scheme by 2018.

He applauded his predecessor, Senator Bukola Saraki for initiating the scheme in 2007 in Edu Local Government of the state, stressing that Community Health insurance has now been extended to 10 local government areas in the state.

Governor Ahmed commended Kwara’s partners in the scheme, the Dutch Government, The Health Insurance Fund, Hygeia Community Health and PharmAccess Foundation, for their support and pledged his administration’s commitment to achieving universal coverage for all rural dwellers in the state.

Erik Solheim, Chair of OECD Development Assistance Committee(DAC) said the objective of the prize is to support ideas that have been scaled up and that work in the real world. He said the organization seeks to mobilize more investment in such scalable solutions, not least from the 34 OECD members.

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