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Kaduna educates monarchs, artisans, disabled on contributory health benefits

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAN) in collaboration with Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA) on Monday held a sensitization meeting with traditional rulers, artisans, the disabled, fashion designers, women, organized private sectors, among others.

The one-day programme, also supported by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn-Engaged Citizens (PERL-ED) and Lafiya and Ukaid, discussed on other benefits accrued to informal sector enrollees.

During the meeting held at Asaah Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna, officials of the various health support bodies took time to educate, enlighten and sensitize participants drawn mainly from informal sectors on the huge benefits domiciled in the contributory health scheme initiated by El-Rufai-led administration, for individuals and households.

The main objective of the meeting, among other things, includes ensuring more enrollment of the informal sector, especially women and other marginalized groups into the contributory health insurance, in order to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure.

Accordingly, it’s also to contribute to an increase in the number of enrollees accessing health care services in the Kaduna State on yearly basis.

Health experts and officials from KADMAN, KADCHMA and other health institutions deliberated extensively on the role of accountability mechanism to increase in enrollment of informal sector and benefits, overview and operationalization of Kaduna State contributory health scheme, its benefits in reducing out-of-pocket expenditure in line with universal health coverage, among others.

Indeed, update on enrollment in the informal sector and capitations, as well as the commitment of the informal sector were discussed with questions and answers, concerns and responses sessions.

The formal sector, especially the government workers and civil servants, both at state and local government, were automatic enrollees, while retirees enrollment were to be looked into with a view to either given into the informal sector or otherwise.

KADMAN co-Chairman, Alhaji Mustapha Jumari, and his counterpart shared lights on the contending issues raised by participants concerning mostly on quality of services, facilities, enrollment payment method, among other emerging issues.

Participants resolved to take up the campaign in their various locations to drive in enrollment in view of the enormous benefits people stand to gain from the scheme, especially from the informal sector.

The vulnerable, especially people with disability and the old age, widows and orphans stand to enjoy free-of-charge enrollment and benefits, if due process is followed in the 23 local government areas of state.

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