Insurance - The Bayelsa state government has earmarked N500m to kick-start a health insurance scheme in the state for all civil servants.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seriake Dickson, Daniel Markson disclosed this in a statement.
The statement quoted Governor Dickson as saying this while receiving the report of the State Health Committee in Government House, Yenagoa.
"We feel that we should not allow our people to bear the brunt of healthcare. It is never done in any decent society. Our people in this state deserve the support of government in terms of health care provisions and particularly they need to know that if they fall ill and do not have money, their government has a programme that will come to their aid," the governor said.
He noted that some members of the technical committee would be drawn from the health committee due to their experience and expertise in the health sector, adding that they would also be involved in the implementation of government programmes on health.
By Chris Agabi