AXA Mansard Insurance Plc has advised Nigerians to embrace health insurance policy as it could reduce the mortality rate among mothers and their babies.
The Group Head, Retail and Emerging Market Business, AXA Mansard Health Limited, Dr. Olatokunbo Otitoju, disclosed this during a breakfast session, organised by the Health Maintenance Organisation, as part of activities to mark the World Breast Feeding Week, in Lagos.
“Some benefits of health insurance for women and children is that it provides improved access to healthcare, ensures financial protection, improved wellbeing, financial independence for healthcare, improved healthcare for indices and stable family,” he said.
He noted that the company’s health insurance scheme provided many services for women and children, among others.
Part of the services, he added, was access to over 1,000 hospitals on its plan to its enrollees, patients could visit the hospitals without paying cash, and provision of routine investigation covers among others.
He also said that the health insurance covers of the HMO provided normal and cesarean section delivery, postnatal care, well-baby clinic, special baby unit care, immunisation cover, prevention and wellness cover such as screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other ailments.
With the company’s health insurance plans, he said, enrollees would have access to chronic ailment cover, family planning services, and fertility services among others.
According to him, the HMO had an average delivery of around 100 on its list, and it had continued to record high success with a very low mortality rate.
The Head, Health Underwriting, Pricing and Enrolment, Dr. Aanuoluwapo Soyoye, urged the mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of delivery, as this would help to reduce child mortality rate, according to the World Health Organisation.
She also urged the nursing mothers to get support, which could be from their family, in taking care of their babies.
Author: Bankole Orimisan