From, Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State Government through the State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA) has today commenced the enrolment of vulnerable and poor citizens into the state government-funded Equity Programme.
The Programme was approved by the Governor of Yobe State Mai Mala Buni and made available the sum of N200 million for the commencement of implementation of Social Equity Programme under the existing YSCHMA.
In his address during the flag-off ceremony in Ngelzarma,Primary Health Care Facility, Fune Local Government Area, the state Commissioner, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana said “In addition to the current formal sector and Basic Healthcare Provision Fund Programmes supported by the Yobe State Government, the new Equity Programme will provide more coverage for poor and vulnerable in the state to have access to free and qualitative healthcare services.
The commencement of enrolment into the equity programme marks the beginning of access to healthcare services by the beneficiaries of this laudable initiative by Governor Buni administration”.
The orogramme according to him will provide coverage for 32,930 poor and vulnerable beneficiaries targeting specifically Pregnant mothers and Children Under 5 including
“Accident Victims in the state who are expected to be electronically enrolled across the 178 political wards through the focal PHCs. Enrolment will be conducted in phases commencing from today 16th August 2021”.
“Therefore, I hereby call on political and traditional leaders including the general public to continuously support this and all other laudable commitments and people-centred initiatives of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Yobe State Hon Mai Mala Buni that are directly and positively impacting the poor and vulnerable citizens across the state.
Furthermore, I also urged philanthropic, political leaders and wealthy individuals in the state to donate to the Equity Programme of Yobe State Government through the State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency”
Earlier speaking, the Director ICT YSCHMA, Saleh Ibrahim explained that they are targeting vulnerable citizens, pregnant mothers and children under five years old.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, YSCHMA, Dr. Babagana Tijjani added that they want every Yobe citizen to get the card free of charge across the 178 electoral wards of the state. On his part, the Chairman of Fune Local Government Area, Babagoni Bade expressed gratitude to Governor Buni for the support and initiatives.
He urged the medical staff to discharge their responsibilities fairly and diligently.