By Zubairu Idris
Katsina, April 27, 2021 No fewer than 320,000 people have so far been enrolled into the new Katsina State Contributory Healthcare Scheme to enhance universal health coverage.
Gov. Aminu Masari made the disclosure at the inauguration of the scheme on Tuesday in Katsina.
He said that the scheme, which was signed into law in 2018, was one of the successful initiatives in the health sector.
“It has over 320,000 enrollees in the formal sector and 53,241 vulnerable population to be covered under the basic healthcare provision fund.
“Our vision is to ensure health coverage of all citizens of the state, no one will be left behind in assessing healthcare services,” he said.
According to him, 2.5 per cent of consolidated salary of public servants was agreed by stakeholders as contributory to the scheme.
Masari said that one per cent of the state’s statutory allocation had been appropriated in the state’s 2021 Budget as grants and equity funds for vulnerable groups.
The governor said that the scheme would help to reduce expenditure on healthcare among the people of the state.
He gave assurance that the funds would be used equitably and judiciously in providing healthy services to people of the state.
The Director-General, Katsina State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency, Mr Muhammad Ibrahim, said the scheme would ensure that residents would have access to efficient, qualitative and affordable healthcare services.
He said that it would ensure healthcare services to all political appointees in the state, public servants and the organised private sector.
“Its scope of coverage includes the principal, spouse and four biological children below the age of 18.
“The agency will register 53,241 people under the basic healthcare provision fund to cater for the vulnerable population which includes pregnant women, children under five years, disabled and victims of banditry,” he said.
Also speaking, the Secretary of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Abubakar Garba Ibrahim, said that the organised labour signed a memorandum of association on the scheme with the state government in 2020.
He said that NLC hoped that the government would standardise all accredited public and private health facilities in terms of manpower, equipment and drugs.
“On drugs management, we strongly call on the agency to ensure supply of qualitative drugs across the selected facilities,” he added.