Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA) says it is providing free basic healthcare services to 124,858 poor and vulnerable people in Kaduna state.
The Director-General of the agency, Abubakar Hassan, made this known during a two day media roundtable funded by Save the Children Nigeria held in Zaria, Kaduna state.
The DG disclosed that 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.
Abubakar, 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.
He added that the authority had so far enrolled a total of 514, 265 in the state health insurance scheme. Noting 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.
The DG emphasized the aim of KADCHMA is to build an operational strategy to ensure that no one is left behind when it comes to healthcare in Kaduna State.
The KADCHMA Boss further explained that the key goals of KADCHMA is to achieve Universal Health Coverage, improve the poor health indices in the state and reduce out-of-pocket expenditure for health services.