29,969 Plateau citizens access free Healthcare Services

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The director general of Plateau State contributory healthcare management agency (PLASCHEMA), Dr. Fabong Jemchang revealed that about 29, 969 Plateau citizens benefited from the free health services since the agency come on board about two years ago.

He said the Plateau State Government have fulfilled all the criteria and the payment of the counterpart funding.

According to Jemchang, ” the basic healthcare provision form is the initiative with the support of state Government with nothing less than 1% of the consolidated revenue of Federal Government shared among the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, and Plateau State having fulfilled all the criteria and the payment of the counterpart funding and have been benefiting from this scheme since 2019 to 2020 and 2021. And we have a total of 29,969 people that are presently benefiting under this scheme free of charge.”

He made this known on Tuesday at NUJ Secretariat in Jos, ahead of Friday March 11, 2022, event tagged “the domestic resource mobilization Parley” that would be championed by Governor Simon Lalong and the deputy speaker National Assembly Rt. Hon. Idris Maje Wase will serve as resource mobilizer.

“So we have done this and on the 15th September, 2020 we commenced the enroll under the informal sector immediately but for the formal sector we commenced enrollment on the 4th January, 2021, and by the 27th April, 2021 we have commenced access to services across the state starting from the Seventh Days Adventist in Jenger and till today our people have benefited from the services, having access to the scheme and our payment of capitation for service up to date.

“Healthcare in Nigeria is largely given by the private sector and which is why we cannot do without them.

“We have understood that we have done a lot of progress with the formal sector and the basic equity part but the informal sector is giving us a huge challenge despite the fact that we have engaged more than 1,000 different sub groups, and having different kinds of meetings, advocacy and sensitization.

“So we decided to create what we call the domestic mobilization Parley where we intend to bring all the spirited individuals on the Plateau, politicians and the Representatives of the people to mobilize this resources.

“We have the list of partial inclusion which means that we will pay half of the management of that patient and the patient pays half. For instance, if the patient has kidney failure is undergoing dialysis you can pay 50% and the patient pays 50%. If you have fractures probably on the skull or vital organs that you need to do an MIR the patient pays 50% because that is expensive.