By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency, BASHCMA has from July 2021 to March 2022 disbursed over two hundred million naira to the 323 main Primary Healthcare Centres across the state, for the provision of basic and quality healthcare services to over forty five thousand vulnerable population enrolled under the scheme.
The Executive Secretary of the Agency Dr. Mansur Mustapha Dada gave the figure at a two-day training organised by the USAID funded Integrated Health Program, IHP for journalists reporting public health issues in the state, being held at Azare, the headquarters of Katagum local government area of the state.
Dr. Mansur Dada who said the vulnerable population was the first set of beneficiaries enrolled under the scheme, noted that the formal and informal components were yet to take off.
He however stated that the Agency was engaging relevant stakeholders to ensure full implementation of the scheme for more citizens across the twenty local government areas of the state to benefit.
According to him, BASHCMA was the regulatory body responsible for ensuring that beneficiaries of the scheme were provided with quality and accessibile healthcare services by the 323 functional healthcare facilities in each of the political wards across the state.
In keynote address, the State Director of IHP, Dr. Siaka Alhassan charged the participants to concentrate on holding the authorities accountable in making healthcare services available and accessible to people so as to reduce the Out Of Pocket expenses, which would in turn lead to Universal Health Coverage UHC.
The UHC is geared toward ensuring that all people receives quality health service that meet their needs without being exposed to financial hardship in paying for the services.
Dr. Alhassan also emphasised the need for the state government to employ qualified health care workers that will man the over one thousand primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities to provide quality services to bridge the existing gap in the state health system for the benefit of its people.
The two-day training is aimed at exposing the participants on the implemented and impact of Basic Health Care Provision Fund, BHCPF programme of the Federal Government being implemented by BASHCMA across the twenty Local Government Areas of the state.