NHIS promises quality healthcare delivery in Sokoto state

Ismail Umar, Sokoto

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The Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Yusuf Usman, has assured Sokoto State Government that the health Insurance scheme will give its maximum support to the state to ensure quality healthcare services delivery.

Professor Usman made the assurance at a Public Hearing on a bill to provide Contributory Health Care Management scheme organised by the state House of Assembly in sokoto State, North West Nigeria.

He noted that a lot needs to be done to realise health for all Nigerians under the Universal Health Coverage.

He said the agency would ensure that it covers all levels of government and other private sectors in delivering good healthcare services.

“I am back and the Agency must fight corruption and ensure that the citizens enjoy the right healthcare services they deserved,” Professor Usman said.

The Executive Secretary commended the Sokoto State Government for initiating this efforts and also called on government at all levels and relevants stakeholders to join hand together to make Nigeria a corruption free country and ensure that the citizens enjoy the dividend of democracy in the Health sector.

“We are here for this people, therefore it is our responsibility to ensure that with the limited available resources, we can provide good healthcare service delivery to them,” he added.

Earlier, the Speaker Sokoto State House of Assembly, Mr Salihu Maidaji, said the public hearing was organized to gather and seeks the views and input from the members of the Public and ensure that the bill is in line with general perspectives of the Sokoto state citizens.

“The legislators requires an objectives, factual and timely information with a view to making informed decisions as well as enhancing effective dissemination of such information to the electorates,” Maidaji said.

In his remarks, the Sokoto State Commissioner of Health, Dr Balarabe Shehu Kakale, said two percent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State would be remitted to the contributory scheme as well as one percent from local government revenue.

Dr Kakale urged federal government to release two billion naira fund of Sokoto State to ensure smooth kick off of the programme and effective healthcare services delivery in the State.

The Commissioner also promised ten percent of his salary every month to the state contributory Scheme as well as the members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly who promised five percent of their salaries for the programme.

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