Ogun introduces cashless policy in hospitals

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

The policy aims at ensuring transparency and accountability in the revenue generation process of the state government.

The Ogun State Government on Tuesday announced the introduction of cashless policy in all its state-owned hospitals.

The Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Finance, Ajibola Chokor, made this known at a sensitization meeting with the stakeholders on the need for the policy in Abeokuta. She said that this would ensure transparency and accountability in the revenue generation process of government, reduce revenue leakages and curb the incidents of robbery attacks in the hospitals.

The permanent secretary noted further that the introduction is in an effort to ensure financial transparency in the health sector in its quest to deliver qualitative and accessible services to the citizenry.

Mrs. Chokor stressed that the state was already practicing the policy in its revenue collection in all government-owned tertiary institutions, maintaining that it had helped to increase revenue generation by about 20 per cent.

She urged participants to ensure that the policy is well implemented for it to be accepted by the public, noting that it would also assist the government in developing an accurate and sustainable financial model for each hospital as well as ensure efficiency and reduce cash handling.

Also speaking at the occasion, her counterpart in the state Hospital Management Board, Doyin Sodipe, allayed the fears of the revenue collectors of job loss, saying that rather, they should see the policy as complementing their duties.

The Project Director in the Ministry of Finance, Gabriel Olukoga, in his remark said the policy would assist in book keeping and transaction processing, adding that the policy had been tested and seen to be more secure, safe and faster.

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