By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe on Monday has disclosed the enrollment of about 400,000 beneficiaries into the State Contributory Health Scheme.
Dr Hadiza Balarabe disclosed this during the flag off of identification and enrollment exercise for the commencement of Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) programme held in Kaduna.
According to her, this is one important programme that aims to increase access to Basic Minimum Health Care Services for all Nigerians towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Dr Hadiza explained that the Flag off programme marks an important milestone in the history of Kaduna State as the first set of 40,000 beneficiaries within the target groups (children under 5 years of age, pregnant women, the elderly, people living with disabilities) would be identified and enrolled to benefit from this very important program at no cost to them.
“Consequently, the Kaduna State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufa’I (OFR) has shown great commitment to this course by the establishment of the Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA).”
She further said: “From its establishment to date, the Authority has recorded remarkable achievements.
“Registered and empaneled 12,000 vulnerable persons to the accredited Primary Health Care facilities.
“Accredited about 300 Healthcare facilities at both Primary and Secondary levels of care.
“About 120 enrollees have so far accessed care under the scheme.”
Speaking further on its achievements, she said: “The State Government has also earmarked 1% of its Consolidated Revenue Funds (CRF) to the Authority for the provision of free health care services to the vulnerable population in the state.
“This is in addition to the revitalization of 255 Primary Health Centers that would serve as facilities for both Kaduna State Contributory Health Scheme and BHCPF program.
“The two programmes – BHCPF and the Contributory Health Scheme, although complimentary, are mutually exclusive. They will compliment one another to provide access to Health for the people of Kaduna State.
The Deputy Governor enjoined all to ensure that as the authority enrolls eligible beneficiaries into the BHCPF, their families are enrolled into the Contributory Health Scheme.
Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe expressed sincere appreciation to the Federal Ministry of Health, National Identity Management Commission and other implementing agencies at both Federal and state Levels for this commitment,, particularly the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for providing all the necessary support and coordination towards the successful implementation of the programme.