Kaduna approves contributory health scheme for residents

By Asma'u Halilu

The Kaduna State government has approved the establishment of contributory health scheme for the people to remove financial barrier in accessing quality health care.

The Commissioner of Health, Paul Manya Dogo says the scheme is to hasten the achievement of health coverage in the State.

Mr Dogo explained that the provision in the draft bill for the establishment of the State Contributory health scheme was such that the pocket expenditure be totally removed so that there would be no impediment in accessing health care.

‘Citizens to pay a token’
“The scheme will provide basic health care package to all the citizens in Kaduna and the beneficiaries will only pay a token as contribution to access health care.

“There are sources to be utilised for the insurance, which include State equity fund to be provided by the state for the vulnerable groups, the basic health contributory fund provision which is made for pregnant women and children under five that will be funded by the Nigerian government through the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS,’’ the Commissioner for Health told newsmen.

He stated that the scheme would take effect once all the minor changes were made in the draft law and forwarded to the State House of Assembly for passage into law.

He assured the residents of the scheme’s affordability, which also covers community health facilities, stressing that the premium would be determined by the authority supervising the scheme.

All interested hospitals to take part in the scheme are to be screened for beneficiaries to choose facilities closer to them.

Mercy Chukwudiebere