Kano State Government says it is planning to integrate retired Civil Servants into Contributory Healthcare Scheme to allow them enjoy access to efficient and qualitative healthcare services.
The State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje made the disclosure while addressing participants of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Workshop for all Social Health Insurance Agencies held at Grand Central Hotel, Kano.
Dr. Ganduje said that access to affordable healthcare continues to remain a challenging issue to most of the households due to high level of poverty and significant reliance on out of pocket expenses.
He said the State government is aiming to achieve a universal Healthcare coverage for all residents of Kano where no one will be left behind in accessing healthcare.
” So, our vision is to achieve a universal Healthcare coverage for all residents of Kano where no one is left behind in accessing healthcare, hence we need to provide a credible and sustainable mechanism for pooling of resources to finance healthcare provisions,” Ganduje said.
He pointed out that for over one and a half years now, the State commenced the implementation of the Contributory Healthcare Scheme which remains one of the most successful reforms in the healthcare sector with over 370,000 enrollees accessing the healthcare services.
“The Scheme is currently operating in 245 healthcare facilities comprising of 134 Primary healthcare facilities, 37 secondary facilities and 74 private healthcare facilities and the State Government has approved the sum of N250m for the provision of ICT infrastructure to meet the desired goal.
” In line with State’s policy drive to strengthen the health system, 5% of the State internally generated and 1% of the Local Government Areas statutory allocation have been dedicated to the health sector under the Kano State Health Trust Fund which will invariably augment the risk pool of the Contributory Healthcare Scheme, “ he explained.
Ganduje further expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Government for introducing the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund aimed at increasing the fiscal space, noting that…” This move allows the State to access the sum of N850m from the National Primary Healthcare Development Agencies Gateway and the sum of N948m from the National Insurance Scheme Gateway “.
Ganduje was represented at the event by the Deputy Governor Nasir Gawuna.
The Executive Secretary NHIS, Professor Muhammad Sambo maintained that the Scheme had taken rebranding effort under three outlined agenda to ensure its smooth operation.
” A lot of effort has been undertaken under three points rebranding Agenda which include value reorientation, engendering transparency and accountability and accelerating drive towards achieving health universal coverage.”
” In line with this, the Agenda tends to develop a comprehensive flat form between the National Health Insurance Scheme, the State Agencies, the Developing Partners and other Stakeholders in order to make Health Insurance become the best programme in Nigeria, “ he maintained.
According to the Secretary, the workshop aims at aliening the National Health Insurance Scheme with State Health Insurance Scheme which had historical and programmatic antecedents.