By Aliyu Dangida – Dutse
The Jigawa Government has decried the high cost of healthcare services as a major challenge to families, low income individuals and other vulnerable segments of the society.
The state government revealeda sum of N900million is being expended annually on free maternal health care services
Governor Badaru Abubakar stated this during the flag-off of the formal sector contributory health care scheme held at the Dutse general hospital, said, “high cost of healthcare services has been a challenge to families, low income individuals and other vulnerable segments of the society government has increased the monthly funding from N15 million to N75million”.
The governor explained that the services cover all pregnant women, children under the ages of five, accident victims, correctional inmates and boarding students across the state, “we are expending N900 million annually in the provision of free healthcare services to women and children for four years across the state.
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“The contributory healthcare scheme is a further effort in ensuring an overall objective of the healthy and productive population through access to comprehensive, appropriate, affordable, efficient, equitable and quality essential health care”, he noted.
He said financing healthcare delivery requires efficient and prudent management of resources which is why the government has consistently allocated an average of 15% of the state budget to the sector since 2016.
Earlier speaking, the Executive secretary of the scheme Dr Nura Ibrahim Kazaure said no fewer than 40,000 civil servants of the state have been registered under the scheme while about 200,000 of their dependants would also benefit from the exercise.
Dr Nura stated that the beneficiaries would access services through 191 healthcare providers that include both private and public across the state.
He explained that all registered beneficiaries can immediately begin to access the services with their family members in their chosen healthcare facility.