The Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency has organized an awareness raising workshop on Community Based Health Insurance for journalists today in Adama Town. The workshop is planned to create awareness among journalists who are expected to reach the wider population. While opening the workshop Director General of the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency, W/r Ferehiwot Abebe noted that though the agency has registered an encouraging result by reaching out to the grass root community, the efforts will not reach the expected out come without the partnership of media households.
The health insurance scheme which started ten years ago with in just 13 woredas has now spread to 743 woredas around the country and has benefited over 6.9 million households. The study presented at the workshop indicates that though these are encouraging results they are nowhere near the expected result of covering 80% of the population in two years’ time.
The health insurance is said to cover medical expenses from minor illnesses to heavy surgeries that can be conducted in the country and is also said to cover three months of Kidney Dialysis which has recently become a major problem in the country.
By:- Yodit Admasu Tefera