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298,022 persons access Kaduna Health Insurance Scheme services – Official

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA), on Monday said a total of 298,022 have accessed various health services under its Health Insurance Scheme between January and now.

The Head of Administration and Finance of the scheme, Mr. Suleiman Mustapha, stated this in Kaduna during a one-day review meeting on “progress, challenges and to develop an action plan to increase enrolment into the health scheme.” 

The meeting, organised by Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) in collaboration with Ward Development Committee and KADCHMA, was supported by the United Kingdom-Funder governance programme, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) through its Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

According to Mustapha, the figure showed a significant improvement in the number of persons accessing health services when compared to the 379,450 persons that accessed the services in 2021. 

He explained that the 298,022, who accessed the services, were out of the 508,559 total people currently enrolled in the schemes.

He further explained that a total figure of 376,668 were enrolled under the formal sector, 6,296 under the informal sector, 79,329 under the vulnerable population and 741 under the Tertiary Students Health Insurance programme. He added that 45,529 poor and vulnerable were enrolled under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.

According to him, KADCHMA, Third Party Administrators and other partners are working hard to ensure that more persons were captured into the scheme under the informal sector.

Earlier, the State Lead Facilitator of PERL, Mr Adejor Abel, said that the meeting was organised to review achievements recorded from January 2021 to date, identify challenges and develop an action plan to address them, adding that, PERL would continue to provide adequate support to ensure more enrollment of persons under the informal sector to access basic healthcare.  

KADMAM Secretary, Mr Isa Gidado, also said the objective of the meeting was to review progress on beneficiaries’ enrollment and service uptake, and strengthen collaboration with relevant partners.

Gidado added that, the meeting was also to discuss strategies to enroll more women and other excluded groups into the health scheme to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure.

Co-Chair of KADMAM, Mr. Mustapha Jumare, stressed the need to increase enrolment of the informal sector to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare services, saying, the scheme would assist the poor.

Jumare further said that, as an accountability mechanism, KADMAM would continue to advocate to the government to ensure that the quality services were being provided in accredited facilities across the state.

He said that the meeting provided an opportunity to develop strategy to improve the enrolment into the scheme. “We will continue to work both with KADCHMA to sensitize and mobilise citizens to register with the scheme to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure,” he said.

Similarly, Mr Muazu Habibu, who is State Team Lead, Layifa – an FCDO-funded health programme – also pledged continued support to KADCHMA to improve enrollment and quality of service delivery.

Habibu said that, Lafiya has concluded plans to support KADCHMA to develop a 10-year strategic plan and domestication of the National Health Insurance Authority framework currently being developed.

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