By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
Kaduna State Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), has emphasized the need for all agencies and departments under the state Ministry of Health to synergize in order to achieve the mandate and objectives of the Contributory Health Scheme in the state.
KADMAM, at an interactive meeting with Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA) organized by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) and Lafiya Programme on strategies for Contributory Healthcare Enrollment, observed that lack of synergy amongst all health MDAs is responsible for the poor enrollment by the citizens especially the informal sector.
KADCHMA, had put the total number of people enrolled in the scheme at 1,739 for the informal sector and 373,705 for formal sector, since it’s establishment in 2018.
A figure, KADMAM noted is too poor for a state with an estimated population of over nine million, and therefore called for a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Health and other agencies and departments under it.
Alhaji Mustapha Jumare, KADMAM Co-Chair, said the informal sector can only be fully convinced to key into the scheme when there is quality service delivery from all relevant agencies and departments.
“The issue is synergy is a very big issue that needs to be addressed immediately, so our plans is to meet with the Deputy Governor and Commissioner. To also hold a strategic roundtable discussion with the relevant MDAs to discuss widely both in terms of the demands and services that are being provided in those facilities so we can capture everybody well.” Jumare said.
Early, State Team Lead of PERL, Abel Adejor, said both the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and KADCHMA, need to work together in getting citizens, especially those in the informal sector involved in the scheme.
Adejor, noted that PERL and Lafiya, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) funded programmes are working to see how the scheme can be sustained by the citizens themselves, hence the need for more people in the informal sector to join.
He said the essence of the meeting was to agree and develop strategies to improve informal sector enrolment into the scheme, identify gaps and mitigation strategies for enrolment of Scheme uptake and also develop next steps and work plan for enrolment drive into the Scheme.