The USAID Trains Bauchi Journalists On Health Coverage


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun training select journalists in Bauchi State under its Integrated Health Programme (IHP) to include vulnerable residents in health insurance as part of efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

USAID training Journalists on Health coverage

On March 6th, Dr. Alhassan Siaka stated, while speaking at the two-day media engagement in Azare, Katagum local council, the programme coordinator, that media practitioners needed to engage politicians more on the practice of essential human needs.

“We need the journalists to be trained in the health sector. We need them to beam a searchlight on what the people are facing. It is not every community that needs roads or physical projects; some residents need health insurance- these are vulnerable people. They account 61 percent of the population of this state.”

He further explains that,” Journalists meet politicians every day. We want them to ask them some compelling and informed questions, as they are drawing their manifestos for the 2023 general elections.”

Siaka mentioned that the IHP, in partnership with both the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BHCDA) and the Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency (BHCMA) had spent N41 million in Katagum, treating vulnerable residents.