From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
United Nations International Children Education Funds(UNICEF) says it is collaborating with other International Development Partners will enroll no fewer than 5,000 vulnerable persons in Sokoto State Contributory Healthcare coverage .
The vulnerable persons to benefit under the new arrangements includes Silame, Bodinga and Rabah Local Government Areas of the state respectively.
Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Field Office Sokoto. Mr Mohameden Fall stated this today at the flag- off of four-day Capacity Building for the state enumerators on Social Protection Health Insurance Beneficiaries Enrollment holding in a hotel in the state.
Mr. Fall said the programme was aimed at assisting people who for reasons such as poverty ,disability, and other vulnerabilities cannot support themselves health wise.
According to him the capacity building would signify the commence the implementation of of a joint effort by the UNICEF, and other United Nations Organisations that includes ILO, UNDP, and WPP to assist the government in attaining Universal Health Coverage .
He explained that the initiative is going to give access to affective not less than 5000 individuals which include Pregnant women ,Children under five years, adolescence girls and the elderly in collaboration with (SOCHEMA).
In his remarks, Dr. Almustapha Danjuma, Director Planning and Monitoring Specialist with UNICEF, said the aim of the training was to enlighten facilitators on how to identify and enroll people with special needs from various communities to benefit with the sponsored UNICEF health contributory scheme.
Dr. Danjuma stated that after the basic training, three areas would be the first phase of the exercise adding that there target for the stands to be 5,000 people.
He further said the funds partners with other agencies to improved the wellbeing of the state less privileges through the state health contributory scheme.
He urged the participants to concentrate and equip themselves with the knowledge of data collation so as to collect correct data of the beneficiaries for the prospect and ensured health coverage in the state.