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BOSCHMA begins implement on enrollment of new PHCs

The state contributory healthcare management agency (BOSCHMA) plans to use the newly established health facilities to ensure affordable access to healthcare in the state as earlier directed by Babagana .
The directive was given on Wednesday by Zulum, while commissioning five healthcare facilities.
The governor noted the agency should also register the newly established healthcare facilities into its scheme as healthcare providers.
In a close meeting on Wednesday, BOSCHMA has mapped out a new strategy on the enrollment and collaboration with 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 has been received from NPHCDA for 311 wards for one quarter and N6,887,500 has been released as operational funds (Supervision, Monitoring, capacity building generation of data, including funding for activities of LGHA)
BOSCHMA said the agency will also register the newly established healthcare facilities into its scheme as healthcare providers.
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.
The new facilities are four primary healthcare centres, located in Baga Road, Njimtilo, 777 Housing Estate, Abujan Talakawa, with an overhauled infectious disease hospital (chest hospital) along Kirikasamma Road – all within the metropolis.
The projects were carried out with the support of the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project, a Bank funded intervention in the state.
In the briefing, further assured that the government will sustain the partnership to further to provide each of the 311 wards in the state with PHC as recommended by the World Health Organization.
In response, Dr. Abba Saleh, executive secretary of the agency, assured immediate compliance with the 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 poor and IDPs 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 said.

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