FGN releases over N554M to Jigawa for free basic health care of 54,000 vulnerable

The federal government released the sum of N554,572.29 million to the Jigawa state government to gives free medical treatment to over 45,000 vulnerable under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

This was discussed by the Executive Secretary/CEO of the NHIS Prof Muhammed Sambo at the flag-off of the enrollment for the basic health care provision fund at the Sakwaya health facility outskirt of Dutse.

Prof Sambo said the flagging-off of the scheme marks the commencement of energy which opens the window of succour and new possibilities for the people of the state.

Prof. Sambo notes that section 11 of the National Health Act mandates the establishment of a basic health care provision fund, to support the effective delivery of primary healthcare services, as well as, emergency medical treatment to all Nigerians.

He said NHIS shall provide state agencies with technical and operational support especially in the areas of training, technology and programme development. Adding that the scheme has been repositioned through a 3 point rebranding agenda.

He said the scheme has also developed and begun the implementation of a ten-year strategic plan that is guaranteed to facilitate universal health coverage by the year 2030.

On his part the state deputy governor
Mallam Umar Namadi said the state has received the sum of N554.5m from NHIS-GATEWAY for free health care services.

The deputy governor stressed that the bulk of the support will go to the most vulnerable persons that include pregnant women and people with special needs.

The Basic Health Provision Fund (BHCPF) will enable vulnerable populations at the 279 designated health centres across the 287 political wards, to have access to defined free health care services without having to pay.” Namadi emphasis.

He explained that the amount released will cover 45, 476 beneficiaries based on N12,000 premium per individual, added that each of the 287 political wards would have 157 beneficiaries equitably.

The deputy governor stated further that 287 would be reserved for social rehabilitation homes while urging NHIS to communicate to Jigawa State Contributory HealthCare Management Agency (JICHMA), on the provisional accreditation of the 279 state PHC facilities participating in the program to avoid delay.

According to him, arrangements are in the advanced stage by this administration to sponsor the study of 90 female students to study medicine in Sudan, in addition to other 60 male students that are currently studying medicine in Republic of China.

Speaking, the Executive secretary Jigawa state contributory health care management agency, Dr Nura Ibrahim stated that the agency has already validated 120,540 people across the 287 political wards of the state from the state social register, who will benefit from the program.

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