Borno Governor approves N100m for workers’ contributory health scheme

Borno Governor,  Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday approved N100 million as counterpart funding for the workers’ contributory health scheme.

The approval is to allow seamless take-off of the newly established Borno State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency.

The governor announced the approval while hosting the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr Faisal Shuiabu, who paid him courtesy visit at the Government House Maiduguri.

The governor reiterated his administration commitment towards the implementation of the resolution reached at the Seattle, United States, which is aimed at coordinating primary healthcare by bringing it under “one roof.”

Faisal, had earlier commended the governor’s efforts in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the state, and also in the provision of primary healthcare facilities all over the state.

Faisal said: “Even though you have only come as fresh first term governor, you have done so much.

“Your Excellency, I have also been briefed on the progress that’s been made towards achieving primary healthcare under one roof. Following our meeting in Siato with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, I can see how you have wasted no time in implementing all the declarations that we agreed to under the Seattle Resolution.”

It would be recalled that Governor Zulum had recently appointment members comprising the chairman, executive secretary and 11 others for the newly established Borno State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency, which was created to guarantee access to quality and affordable medical services for all residents of the state.

The Governor had also at the end of 2019, signed into law a bill passed by Borno State House of Assembly, establishing the contributory health scheme in order to key into the national and global programme that aims at universal health coverage.

The scheme, mandates workers and their employers (state government, local government and private sector employers) to make monthly contributions to a fund that will be accessed by health management organizations (HMOs), who will allow direct workers and their families nearly free medical services at to designated hospitals.

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