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Zulum directs BOSCHMA to enroll new PHCs as healthcare providers

State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency has been directed to take advantage of the newly established healthcare facilities to ensure affordable access to healthcare in the state.
The directive was given Wednesday by the governor of the state, Prof. Babagana Umara , while commissioning five healthcare facilities.
The governor said the agency should 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.
The governor, in his briefing, further assured that his government will sustain the partnership to further to provide each of the 312 wards in the state with PHC – as recommended by the World Health Organization.
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 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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