by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
About 32,930 poor vulnerable of Yobe State are to benefit in the State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA), which commenced on Monday.
The enrolment of vulnerable and poor citizens into the State Government-funded Equity Programme was approved by the State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and the sum of N200 million was released for the commencement of implementation of Social Equity Programme under the existing YSCHMA.
This was made known by Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana, while speaking during the flagging-off ceremony at Ngelzarma Primary Health Care Facility of Fune local government area.
He said, “This in addition to the current formal sector and Basic Healthcare Provision Fund Programmes supported by the Yobe State Government; the new Equity Programme will provide more coverage for poor and vulnerable in the state to have access to free and qualitative healthcare services.”
According to him, the enrolment into the equity programme marks the beginning of access to healthcare services by the beneficiaries of this laudable initiative by Governor Buni administration.
Dr. Gana added that, the programme will provide coverage for 32,930 poor and vulnerable beneficiaries targeting, specifically pregnant mothers and children of less than 5 years.
“Accident victims in the state are expected to be electronically enrolled across the 178 political wards through the focal PHCs. Enrolment will be conducted in phases, commencing from today, 16th August, 2021,” he noted.
He called on political and traditional leaders, including the general public to continuously support this and all other laudable commitments and people-centred initiatives of Governor Mai Mala Buni, which has directly and positively impacted on the poor and vulnerable citizens across the state.
He appealed to philanthropic, political leaders and wealthy individuals in the state to donate to the Equity Programme of Yobe State Government through the State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency.
Speaking earlier at the event, Director of ICT YSCHMA, Saleh Ibrahim, stated that they are targeting vulnerable citizens, pregnant mothers and children under five years old.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of YSCHMA, Dr. Babagana Tijjani, disclosed that, they want every Yobe citizen to get the card free-of-charge across the 178 electoral wards of the state.
Chairman of Fune Local Government Area, Babagoni Bade, equally expressed gratitude to Governor Buni for the support and initiatives, and urged the medical staff to discharge their responsibilities fairly and diligently.