“Health is wealth. We remain committed to improving the health and, by extension, the productivity of our state’s workforce workers.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State Approved free medical care for state civil service workers under the state social health insurance scheme.
Mr Uzodinma gave his approval during a public meeting he held on Tuesday with IMO civil service senior staff in Owerri.
The governor said the move was part of efforts to ensure state officials remain healthy and well positioned to carry out their duties.
He added that more than 47,000 verified workers in the state would be part of the program.
Mr. Uzodinma therefore ordered the state health ministry to enroll all verified workers in the free medical scheme.
He also said that workers at both state and local government levels would receive medical care at public hospitals and designated private hospitals.
“Health is wealth, so we remain committed to improving the health and, by extension, the productivity of our state’s workforce workers.
“I was told it would cost N500 million to maintain this health insurance, but despite that, I remain committed,” the governor said.
State Service Chief Raymond Ucheoma commended the governor for his kindness and tireless support for worker welfare.
He described the gesture as “a historic milestone” which he said would invigorate workers to continue doing their best.
Mr. Uzodinma reassured that the workers who were to be promoted would all be promoted to boost their morale.
He also said that the shortfall in the number of teachers required by the Imo State Education Management Board (SEMB) will soon be a thing of the past as the government has completed plans to hire more teachers. .
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies attended the meeting in the state including Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Ministries, the President of Imo Internal Revenue Service and the general manager of Imo Data Center.