Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has signed the state’s health insurance bill into law.
The law, tagged ‘Ayadecare’, seeks to provide medical insurance cover at primary, secondary and tertiary levels for the old and the young.
Performing the ceremony at the Governor’s Office in Calabar, Ayade said the law provided that a minimum of N1,000 monthly would be paid by every taxable adult in the state.
He said, “The N1,000 becomes your insurance for that month and that gives you access to full medical attention, including diagnosis, transplant and surgery.
“It derives its origin from a true African culture, which enjoins us to provide a shoulder for others to lean on.
“There can be no bill that is more humanitarian, human-focused, sensitive and delicate like this. It is a message for all including residents of the state as they are captured in the bill, for we believe in the love for strangers and visitors.”
The governor added that his administration initiated the project in order to protect the vulnerable in the state.
“The administration, as part of its policies, will have nothing to do with the funds that will emanate from the scheme, but will help to enforce payment,” he said.
Urging the state lawmakers to set up a committee that would draw the modality, the governor said the medical challenges of the citizens had been taken away and placed on the platform.