By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency, BASHCMA to enroll two hundred sickle cell patients each in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH Bauchi and Federal Medical Centre, FMC Azare under the scheme’s vulnerable programme component.
The Executive Secretary of BASHCMA, Dr. Masur Mustapha Dada made this known when he granted audience to a philanthropic organisation, Amana Sickle Cell Foundation during a familiarisation visit in Azare, the headquarters of Katagum local government area of the state.
Dr. Mansur Dada who said the move was to enable them access to free medical services being rendered under the federal government’s Basic Health Care Provision, BHCPF programme through the scheme, assured the Foundation of necessary support to the Sickle Cell patients with a view to alleviate their sufferings.
Earlier, the President of the foundation, Abdulkadir Gambo Musa said the organisation was born out of the foresight of its members who were mostly medical and paramedical students, with a view to supporting sickle cell patients who were mostly vulnerable.
He stated that they noticed some challenges being faced by sickle cell patients to include settling of medical bills, lack of treated Mosquito Nets to prevent themselves from Malaria and lack of awareness of nutritious food to take that would provide them the needed nutrients, hence the foundation’s resolve to embark on the project.
Abdulkadir Musa said the activities being carried out by the foundation also include sensitisation for secondary school leavers on the importance of genotype test to ascertain compatibility of intending couples before marriage, advocacy to policy makers among others.
He commended the BASHCMA Chief Executive for assuring them of support towards reducing the plight of sickle cell patients.