Thirty four thousand person’s in Zamfara will Benifit from free medical services under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHPF)
The targeted Benificiaries are mostly the aged, pregnant women, children under the ages of five and the less privileged
The Benificiaries will access facilities provided by the National Health Insurance Scheme across the Fourteen Local Government areas of the state
The Executive Secretary, Zamfara State Contributory Health-care Management Agency (ZAMCHEMA) Dr. Abdulkadir Aliyu Shinkafi stated this at the flag off ceremony for the Commencement of access to healthcare for the Thirty four thousand Benificiaries, held in Talata Mafara Local Government area of the state
The program was flagged off by the state Governor Bello Matawalle in November last year
Dr. Abdulkadir said the Program is aimed at ensuring all residents of the state have access to basic healthcare irrespective of their location
“Thirty four thousand beneficiaries are already enrolled in the programme which was flagged up by the state Governor Dr. Bello Matawalle in November 2021” He added.
“Our aim is for all residents to have access to healthcare services where ever they are at almost no cost”
“The National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS has accredited the facilities that all clients will have access to the free services” Dr. Shinkafi Maintained.
“The Major target of the Program are the aged, Pregnant Woman, children under the ages of five, and the less privileged” He Insist.
The Executive Secretary, ZAMCHEMA Commend Governor Bello Matawalle for giving attention to the agency in his quest to ensure free and quality healthcare is delivered across the state
He appeal to the beneficiaries and entire citizens of the State to reciprocate the gesture by supporting the Programs policies and of the state Government.
Also, the state Commissioner for Health Aliyu Abubakar Called on traditional rulers and Community Based Organizations to always monitor the implementation of the program and facilities required to ensure effective service delivery in their respective domains
He adds that Health facilities are to be given the fund to procure drugs for treatment of patients free and also to carry out maintenance
Seventy percent of the fund according to the Commissioner is for drugs and medication while thirty percent is for maintenance of facility structures such as doors, windows and other equipment
“In the programme, there is also provision for referral of patients i.e from Primary Healthcare facility to Secondary facilities up to tertiary and all treatment are free” Aliyu Abubakar said.
“The State Governor Bello Matawalle has approved the payment equity share to National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to further facilitate enrolment of additional 12,000 beneficiaries” he added.
On his part, the Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle said the primary purpose of the State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency is to significantly reduce catastrophic Healthcare expenditure among residents of the state.
Such according to him will be feasible by ensuring adequate and sustainable funding that will be efficiently and equitably used to provide quality health services and ensure financial risk protection in access to health services for all Zamfara State residents, particularly the poor and the vulnerable.
Represented by his Deputy Hassan Nasiha, the Governor noted that access to affordable healthcare continues to be a challenge for most households due to high level of poverty and significant reliance on out of pocket expenditure, hence Health Insurance population coverage throughout the country has remained low.
This challenge he said has forced most states of the federation to domesticate the NHIS based on their religion and traditional value system and other peculiarities
“In line with the State’s policy drive to strengthen the State health system, we have approved 1% to State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency as equity fund for the vulnerable groups and matching grant for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) and also to augment the risk pool of the Contributory Health Scheme” the Governor Said.
” It is over two years now that I Commissioned the office complex of the State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency and I am happy to say that, the Scheme is envisaged as one of the successful reforms in the health sector with over 15,595 prospective enrollees in the Formal Sector Program and 34,000 vulnerable population to be covered under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF)” Gov. Matawalle Said
“Implementation of the scheme is a herculean task, thus the smooth operation of ZAMCHEMA and the accomplishment of projected results will essentially depend on the commitment of the Government, this Administration will not relent in its efforts in ensuring that the good people of Zamfara State have access to quality health care services. The Governor assures.
Governor Matawalle said the vision is to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all residents, where no one will be left behind in accessing healthcare, hence the need to provide a credible and sustainable mechanism for pooling of resources to finance healthcare provisions under the Scheme
“Our vision is to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all residents of Zamfara where no one is left behind in accessing healthcare, hence we need to provide a credible and sustainable mechanism for pooling of resources to finance healthcare provisions under the Scheme”
Authorities in Zamfara says all these are part government’s intervention towards setting up a sustainable healthcare delivery system that will drive the process of achieving Universal Health Coverage by ensuring all residents have access to effective, quality and affordable health care services, the protection of families from the financial hardship of huge medical bills and ensure improvement of health facilities throughout the State.
The Program was attended by traditional rulers, heads of Government agencies and stakeholders in the health sector.