By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Vulnerable groups numbering over 45,000 are to benefit from the Bauchi State Healthcare Provision Fund under the State Health Contributory Management agency.
Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadri Mohammed disclosed this Thursday during the enrollment of beneficiaries and launching of the Healthcare Provision Fund (BASHCPF)NHIS at Liman Katagum PHC in Bauchi state.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Senator Baba Tella, explained that the fund is a social programme that pays for the health services of vulnerable members of the society.
Senator Bala Mohammed enumerated the vulnerable groups that included the Under-five Children, Women within reproductive age group, disabled, old persons and the poorest of the poor in the society
He further explained that the common man is desperately yearning for succour, hence the basic health care provision fund programme is geared to eliminate financial barriers, improve access to quality health care and strengthen the health system of the state.
“Bauchi State has 20 Local Government Areas with 323 wards. Each ward has a well-equipped health facility with skilled personnel and each is to serve 137 vulnerable group, bringing the total to 45,000 across the state”
“With State government counterpart fund and gradual increase in federal allocation, it will go a long way in providing access to health care, alleviating poverty, improving quality of health care and general improvement of health infrastructures in the state” he said
Mohammed appealed to the Federal Government to ensure timely disbursement of the contribution to states, pointing out that this was one of the reasons the launching of health scheme came late.
Bauchi Statw Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed has in a welcome address said that the agency received N447 million for the takeoff of the health care provision fund programme, out of which the agency will give N377 million directly to the health facilities across the state.
Dr. Rilwanu explained that the agency carried out business plan of all the 323 facilities per ward and opened account in the facilities, while money will be sent through the remitter.