Kaduna Health Management Authority takes insurance campaign to farmers
The Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority, (KADCHMA) has urged farmers in the state to embrace the ongoing health insurance scheme for their well-being.
The Head, of Operations, Dr Juliana Dauda, made the call at a sensitisation and medical outreach programne at Tomato Jos Farm Settlement, Kaigimi, Igabi Local Government Area on Friday.
Dauda said it was important for farmers to key into the contributory health insurance programme to reduce the cost of treatment.
She said that during the exercise, no fewer than 2,000 residents of the area would be attended to by a team of medical personnel from the authority.
”Farmers are hardworking people, so good health should be of interest to them. This scheme is an opportunity for them” she said.
Also speaking, the Head, Marketing and Business Development, Ibrahim Mohammed-Alimi, described the cost of enroling in the insurance scheme as ‘pocket friendly’. He said that with N10,800, an individual could access quality healthcare services for a whole year.
”Services can be accessed at all the primary health care facilities and government-accredited private hospitals in the state.
”Those who will enroll are to choose their preferred service providers. It is an opportunity for our farmers to access quality healthcare services,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the people, a Smallholder Programmme Administrator, Hannatu Irimiya, commended KADCHMA for the exercise and described the health insurance scheme as a good omen. She said that the programme would enroll 100 farmers in the contributory health insurance scheme as its pilot project.
Irimiya said that the free medical outreach had filled the vacuum created by long absence of quality healthcare system in the area.
”This outreach has saved lives. It has also saved us money.
“We are very grateful for this kind gesture.
”It is well-intended and timely. We cannot thank you enough.
“You can see that our farmers came out in their numbers, it means that they are happy,” she said.
According to newsmen reports, KADCHMA offered free medical services to the people during the programme. A team of medical personnel such as laboratory technicians, pharmacists, medical doctors, amongst others were on ground to attend to the people.
They checked vital signs, blood pressure, made prescriptions and provided drugs.