Accident Victims To Benefit From Proposed Free Medicare – HMO

Mr Lekan Ewenla, the Managing Director, Ultimate Health Management Services (UHMS), says accident victims would enjoy a proposed free and urgent medical treatment in the country.


Ewenla told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that the scheme was designed to cater for road traffic victims as soon as all major stakeholders endorsed it.


He explained that an enrolee (commuter) could receive treatment up to the N60,000 or more under the health insurance scheme.


“But this will become effective as soon as the NHIS, FRSC, NURTW, NARTO, RTEAN and other stakeholders endorse the idea,’’ said the managing director.


According to him, the insurance scheme aims at giving succour to those in informal sector and others yet to subscribe to NHIS in case of accident.


“With little or no cost premium being paid by an enrollee (commuter) for each trip, the scheme covers evacuation from the scene of the accident and stabilisation services to the tune of N60,000.

“Whatever care the patient requires within that limit will be fully enjoyed, even if it is Plaster of Paris (POP), so that stability will return without deformity or loss of lives.

“Most of the things that lead to loss of lives are avoidable, most times they require a bit of care beyond saying `sorry’.

“There are hospitals that have already signed up agreement with us on the scheme; they are well equipped for effective healthcare delivery.

“People come down from their vehicles, show concern for accident victims and later enter their vehicles and drive off because it is not usually easy to follow through the process of rendering further assistance,” Ewenla noted.


He therefore urged the stakeholders to embrace the policy in case of accident on their journey.


NAN recalls that the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has been implementing a policy of taking passengers manifest before a vehicle leaves the motor park.


UHMS will engage transport unions, including National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), and National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), among others, to ensure the success of the scheme.




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