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Deltans told to embrace collective responsibility to transform communities 

Written by silvernewsng

By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

Community people in Delta State have been told to take the development of their communities as their primary responsibility. 

Most persons thik its only the government that must do so. Experts have however warned that it is the people that live and own their communities and must take primary responsibility.


Isaac Akpoveta, the director-general and chief executive officer, Delta State Contributory Health Commission (DSCHC) on Friday, said that one of the best ways to transform communities is through collective responsibility.

Hence, he called on Deltans of means to transform their communities by keying into the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Initiative (IEAI) of the DSCHC Insurance Scheme and touch the lives of indigent citizens.

Akpoveta made the call in Asaba, Friday, during the flag-off of the registration of 295 Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) from across the state under IEAI (informal sector), an initiative that is in line with the DSCHC Enrollee Expansion Programme (EEP).

The registration exercise followed their adoption and enrollment into the scheme by Akpoveta and his family, at the premium rate of N7,000 per individual for one year.

This exercise came few weeks after 1,000 vulnerable and indigent citizens of Ufuoma Community in Ughelli North LGA and the neighbouring towns were registered,  having been adopted and enrolled into the scheme by the Akpoveta”s family in Ufuoma.

Akpoveta, medical doctor, said, “Embracing collective responsibility transforms communities, making them more resilient, inclusive, and compassionate. It highlights the interconnectedness of human experiences and the importance of working together to create a better world for everyone.

According to him, the totality of the concept of collective responsibility is encapsulated in the M.O.R.E. Agenda of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s administration.

He especially said that collective responsibility creates opportunity for all and enhance peace and security of communities where it is practiced deliberately.

“I thus call on all Deltans of means, nationally or in the diaspora, to please imbibe the concept of Collective Responsibility especially by adopting indigents and vulnerable persons in Delta State, and purchase the health insurance card of the DSCHS for them. 

It is just at a subsidized rate of N7,000 only per person for a whole year of accessible and quality health care, he explained, adding that good health is the very first need of humans.

said that the commission  was established to run a Social Health Insurance Scheme with several plans: Equity Plan; Formal Plan; Informal Plan and Private Plan. It also runs Initiatives: Indigent Enrollee, Adoption Initiative: Artisans Enrollee Adoption Initiative; Access To Finance Initiative and the TISSHIP.

“With these plans and initiatives, we have enrolled over 2milion residents of Delta State with over 7million encounters since inception of the schemes about 8 years ago.

“The current administration has and still supporting the scheme having paid billions of naira especially for the vulnerable (maternal and children under 5 years).

We will continue to strive to enroll more Deltans and ensure they receive quality health services, he assured.

He  thanked the chairman, the Governing Board and Management of DSCHC for being very supportive in the management of the commission, noting that their support has been very helpful.

In his speech at the occasion, Ernest Igbuzor, the state chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, expressed joy over the gesture by Akpoveta and the commitment of the commission and state government the citizens.

He recalled that some of his members had passed on due to enormous health challenges and inability to access quality medicare but said the would go a long way to help the beneficiaries lead a healthy life.

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