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Plateau Health Agency Gives Recipe For Free Health Care Treatment

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Director-General of Plateau State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (PLASCHEMA), Dr. Fabong Jemchang, has disclosed that persons above the age of 65, pregnant women, the physically challenged, children between the ages of five years and crisis-displaced persons when registered with the agency shall be treated in any hospital in the state without cost.

He said citizens shall be made to register with the agency anywhere there is internet connectivity.

Speaking during the flag-off of the Contributory Scheme at a brief ceremony held at Government House Jos on Tuesday, Dr. Jemchang stated that, the agency was established in June 2019, and has consulted 79 stakeholders across Nigeria, visited state governments with similar scheme.

The PLASCHEMA D-G hopes to deprecate the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, which is currently taking care of only federal government employees.

Governor Lalong of Plateau state, while officially flagging-off the State Contributory Health Care Management Agency, said there will be special consideration for the aged and pregnant women.

While launching the enrolment, Governor Lalong said he will personally and closely monitor activity of the agency, as a means of ensuring that the scheme achieves its purpose.

The governor noted that, the establishment of the agency is one of his campaign promises made to the people on health care delivery for citizens of the state.

He advised all citizens in the state to participate in the scheme, in order to tackle preventable death.

In his own remarks, commissioner of health in the state, Dr. Nimkong Lar Ndam, said the agency shall help develop a healthy workforce for government, adding that, the agency shall ensure accessible health care services to all, irrespective of location.

The scheme covers a family of four children whereby the children are below 18 years.

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