89 Principal Civil Servants To Register For Healthcare Programme In Kebbi

From Ayodele Ajoge, Birnin-Kebbi

The Kebbi State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (KECHEMA) on Tuesday flags off formal sector enrollment for no fewer than 89 Principal Civil Servants for free Health Care services across the State.

The Executive Secretary of the Agency,  Dr Jafar Muhammed Augie who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen stated that 3 % deduction from the civil servants salaries by KECHEMA may not be enough to capture their dependants for the scheme, but  government can assist by contributing the 10 percent that’s required for it.

Dr. Augie explained that the Equity Fund being advocated by IHP for more capturing of the vulnerable in the state is 2 % from state, 1% from local government, 2 % of the sum of contracts being awareness, 2 % of Zakat and tithes as pledged by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to enrol more of the less privilege in the state for the scheme.

He explained further that formal sector enrollment is a milestone in the health coverage of Kebbi State which would give equal quality of healthcare coverage to every citizens irrespective of who they are at low cost.

Pointing out that principal civil servants are already keying into the scheme, we want them to own it, we expect their criticism and complaint for the good of our people.

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu who was represented by the secretary to the state government, Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri commended KECHEMA and Integrated Health Project (IHP) for the successful implementation of the contributory healthcare scheme in kebbi State. Adding that government subsidize healthcare in the state so that a larger number of people can benefit from it, the scheme according to him will grow quality health care services in all facilities and inclusion of private sector for the good of larger number of less privilege in the state.

Earlier in her speech, Dr Aisha Senchi of the Integrated Health Project (HIP) said the Project has partner KECHEMA to see that the healthcare scheme is what it is today.

While commending Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his administration’s support for the scheme, she said only 39,000 vulnerable were enrolled this year and enjoined government to approve the equity fund contributions by state and LG to enable more participation of less privilege in state.

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