By: Chioma Umeha
A health management organisation – Avon Healthcare Limited (Avon HMO) – which debuted in Lagos, recently, has pledged to offer a new approach in the management of health care and insurance. Avon HMO introduced a wide array of products and services to the market, during its brand launch Thursday, at the ultra-modern Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The management of Avon HMO said the launch set the tone for how the company plans to engage with key stakeholders and partners, including governments and senior public officials; leading corporate organisations; key SMEs as well as Healthcare professionals and providers. Speaking at the media conference in Lagos, Avon HMO’s CEO, Mrs. Simbo Ukiri, said the company aims to be the preferred choice for healthcare solutions and will set new standards in the industry. Ukiri added that the new standards will offer real value to clients, enrolled members and providers, even in service delivery. She said: “Avon HMO has adopted a completely different approach. We want our clients, enrolled members and partners to know that we listen, and that we have the right people, skills and technology to meet their healthcare needs at the right price and in the most responsive and efficient manner.
“We don’t simply sell health plans; we give clients and members access to healthcare solutions that are relevant to their needs, improving quality of life and promoting soundness of mind and body which accelerates productivity and enhances the creation of wealth, the Avon HMO boss said. “We share NHIS’s passion under the leadership of Dr. Abdulrahman Sambo, for our country Nigeria, to achieve universal health insurance coverage. Working together with all stakeholders, we believe this is possible sooner rather than later.We want to add meaningful value to the many people who will use our services, so that we are touching lives, even as we do our part to improve Nigeria’s healthcare industry,” the Managing Director said. She also said that Avon HMO offers health insurance plans, health risk assessment, occupational health management, employee well-being and other services to individuals, families, groups, companies and the government.
Ukiri noted that the Avon HMO’s full range of carefully designed health plans provides increasing levels of care which cover typical ailments and procedures that are treatable within and outside the country. “We have in our team some of the best and most experienced professionals you can find in this sector. Our partner provider network, which is still growing, covers all medical specialty areasand includes over 300 hospitals, clinics and referral centres spread across the 36 states and major local government areas in Nigeria” said Ukiri.
The Avon HMO team said that it is excited to be entering the scene when transformation of the country’s healthcare sector is high on everyone’s agenda. According to them, the company has equipped itself to contribute significantly to the achievement of the country’s aspirations and yearning of Nigerians for convenient access to world best standard healthcare services.
This story was published in Newswatch Times on July 13, 2013.