Kaduna enrols 400,000 residents into state contributory health scheme
By Asma'u Halilu
The Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA) says it has so far enrolled 400,000 residents into the State Contributory Health Scheme.
The Director-General of the health Management Authority, Aliyu Sa’idu, made the disclosure at a one-day orientation workshop for social and community mobilizers of the scheme.
Sa’idu said the 400,000 prospective beneficiaries represented five percent of the State’s population.
He said that, the health scheme targeted 800,000 (10 percent) of the state population in 2020, but achieved only five percent due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We targeted 10 percent of the population last year which is 800,000 but couldn’t achieve this due to covid-19 and we got 400,000 which is good too for us.”
The DG further explained that, the enrollment cut across the three senatorial zones of the state and captured enrollees from the formal, informal sector and the vulnerable.
According to Sa’idu, the workshop which was held simultaneously in the three senatorial zones of the state was meant to sensitize social and community mobilizers on the agency’s work plan and modalities to enroll residents on the scheme.
He said the health scheme wishes to achieve 20 percent of the population this year and keep growing by engaging community mobilizers for the enrollment exercise.
“We are engaging the community mobilizers so they can help in the sensitisation and also reach out to residents on the importance of the health scheme. They have a working relationship with the traditional and community leaders and also people at the grassroots.
“With the assistance of the community mobilizers, Identification/Enrollment exercise will record huge success in the state”, he stressed.
Better service delivery
The Director General therefore urged them to work hard and support the health scheme for better service delivery.
Sa’idu also appealed to the residents to enroll by registering into the health scheme for good service delivery.
“You will only put 10,680 for Registration and it will save you alot because you have alot of privileges to benefit from the services which include emergency care, Antenatal care, deliveries, Neonatal care, Surgical services, internal medicine and postnatal care.
“Others includes: Gynaecologic care, childhood Illnesses, chronic disease management,Ophthalmic care, Family Planning, lmmunisation, Blood Transfusion, Dental Care , X-RAY services and laboratory services”.
Earlier, the State Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Hamza Abubakar said they had demanded for the creation of the contributory scheme so as to collaborate with the mobilizers to help in the sensitisation.
“The State government has also invested alot of money in the renovation and upgrading of the 255 PHCs and recruitment of 3,000 health workers for better quality services in every ward for enrollees privileges.”
Abubakar also appealed to residents of the state, especially the vulnerable to enroll into the scheme for good health service delivery.