Kaduna Govt offers Free Healthcare Services to Over 124,000 Poor, vulnerable People

HEALTHDIGEST– The Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority says it is providing free basic healthcare services to 124,858 poor and vulnerable people in the state.

The Director-General of the agency, Mr Abubabkar Hassan, made this known when members of the Open Government Partnership and Technical Working Group on Social Protection paid him a familiarisation visit in Kaduna on Thursday.

Hassan said that of the figure, 79,329 were accessing the basic minimum package of health services as defined by the National Health Insurance Scheme, while 45,529 were enrolled under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.

He explained that for those enrolled under the BHCPF, the state government provides 25 per cent counterpart fund, while NHIS provides 75 per cent from the BHCPF based on the defined benefit package.

The director-general said that the authority had so far enrolled a total of 514, 265 into the state health insurance scheme.

He noted that 382,593 were enrolled under the formal sector, 3,713 under the informal sector, 986 under the Tertiary Students Health Insurance Programme and 2,115 under the pensioner’s scheme.

Mr. Hassan explained that the scheme was designed to provide access to quality, affordable, equitable healthcare services to all residents of the state without financial risk.

According to him, the goal is to achieve Universal Health Coverage, improve the poor health indices in the state and reduce out-of-pocket expenditure for health services.