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Borno Govt. Plans to enroll 34,000 vulnerables under BOSCHMA

State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (BOSCHMA) Rollout plan to pilot the enrollment of 34,000 Vulnerable Persons in the state.
In a meeting chaired by the Chief of staff who is also the overseer of the state ministry of health in the BOSCHMA office today, the Agency in colaboration with the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency rollout plan to enroll the beneficiaries starting with enrollment of about 34,000 vulnerable persons IDPs, Orphans, widows, unaccompanied children, pregnant women, physically and mentally challenged among others.
The Agency plans to use the PHC facilities including the newly established health facilities to ensure affordable access to healthcare.
During the launching of new PHC facilities recently Babagana Umara directed the Executive Secretary of the Agency to incoporate the available PHC facilities to the Contributory scheme as health providers to enrollees to improve access to affordable healthcare.The directive was given on Wednesday 3rd February, 2021 by Zulum, while commissioning five healthcare facilities.
In the stakeholders engagement meeting presided by the Chief of Staff and overseer of the state ministry of health, BOSCHMA has mapped out a new strategy on the enrollment in collaboration with stake holders and partners in the state.
BOSCHMA enlisted the core components of the health system; service delivery, health workforce, health information system, access to essential medicine, health financing and leadership/governance core.
BOSCHMA noted that N370,802,000 has been received from 1% CRF from the NPHCDA gateway for 311 wards and N6,887,500 has been released as operational funds for (Supervision, Monitoring, capacity building generation of data, including funding for activities of LGHA)
while N412, 000,000 was released from the NHIS gate way to the Contributory Agency to purchase healthcare services for the vulnerable population in the state.
The scheme, now at enrollment stage, is expected to reduce spending on medical bills among masses with sources from premium paid by enrollees, equity contributions from government and nongovernmental sources, as well as from the Universal Basic Health Care Provision Fund.
All the stakeholders make their contributions and comnitments for the success of the exercise.
The Chief of Staff Prof. Isa Marte Hussaini, in his briefing, further assured that the government will sustain her commitment as in the 10 pact agenda of His Exellency Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum to further provide each of the 311 wards in the state with PHC as recommended by the Health Organization and assured the commitment of the government to resettle all IDPs in the state and to give them a dignified means livelihood.
In his response, Dr. Abba Saleh, executive secretary of the agency, assured immediate compliance with governor’s directive – stressing that the agency, even with over 200 healthcare facilities already registered into the scheme, will still incorporate more.
He briefed that BOSCHMA as an agency is established to take off burden of the state government’s spending on healthcare, to improve easy access to healthcare and to serve as a social security for the populace – in which progress towards that has been made.
‘The agency is aimed at contributing to achieving universal health coverage through improved healthcare financing.
‘It is to ensure adequate and sustainable funding that will be efficiently and equitably used to provide health services and ensure financial risk protection in access to health services.
‘The agency has three sources of funding: payment of premium by enrollees, equity contributions from government and nongovernmental sources, and the basic health care provision fund which specifically targets the vulnerable population.
‘It also aims to ensure that all residents of Borno state have access to effective, efficient, qualitative, affordable and equitable health care and protecting families from catastrophic spending on medical bills,’ Dr Saleh Abba said.
Stake holders in attendance include the NHIS, SEMA, NIMC, Emirate counsil, ministry of LG and emirate affairs, CSOs, CBOs , UK Support for health among others.

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