By Murtala Muhammad
Beneficiaries of Basic Health Care Provision Fund Programme being implemented by the Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency, BASHCMA, in Katagum local government area of Bauchi state, have expressed satisfaction over improved access to quality healthcare services in the state.
They gave the indication during a field trip embarked by the State Public Health Media Network as part of the two-day training organised by the USAID’s Integrated Health Program IHP at Azare in Katagum local government area of the state.
The beneficiaries, who are mostly children, women, aged and persons with disabilities were enrolled under the BASHCMA’s vulnerable programme component.
Fatsuma Ibrahim, a mother of four and three years old beneficiaries, Abdullahi and Hauwa’u Umar, said before the commencement of the programme it was difficult to access healthcare services due to the family’s financial constraints.
Fatsuma said the vulnerable programme component of BASHCMA was positively impacting on the lives of her children since their enrollment in July 2021.
She commended the state for implementing of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund programme, saying it had changed her perception of accessing quality healthcare services without financial hardship and called on the BASHCMA to enroll more people to benefit, adding that a number of children like her’s that were not included.
An aged hypertensive woman, Amina Shehu who is also a beneficiary admitted that before her enrollment into the programme, she had been spending out of pocket to access healthcare services and thanked the state government for implementing the programme in her area as well as prayed for more of such interventions.
The Executive Secretary of BASHCMA, Dr. Mansur Dada disclosed that in addition to the over forty five thousand enrollees already benefiting under the Vulnerable programme component, another set of 2,584 would in the next few weeks be identified, enrolled and distributed to each of the 323 primary healthcare centres across the twenty local government areas of the state