The Yobe Ministry of Health, said on Tuesday that the state had paid N100 million to the Federal Government as counterpart fund for the implementation of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the state.
Dr. Hauwa Larai-Goni, Director, Public Health, in the ministry, disclosed this in Potiskum when she paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Fika, Dr Mohammad Ibn-Abali.
She said the counterpart fund had enabled the state to draw additional funds from the Federal Government for the programme.
“The fund serves to increase the fiscal space and overall financing to the health sector to assist Nigeria achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
“ The aim of BHCPF is to, within the next three years, contribute to meet the targets of the National Health Strategic Development Plan”.
“ The target beneficiaries must be poor and vulnerable who are expected to be electronically enrolled into the scheme.
“ Beneficiaries are to be selected from the National Social Register, National Bureau for Statistics and State Sponsored Means of Targeting”, she said.
Larai-Goni said the state’s Contributory Healthcare Management Agency had targeted over 22,000 beneficiaries in its ongoing enrolment into the programme, across the 17 local government areas of the state.
She listed other health care achievements of the state to include the ongoing construction of Maternal Newborn and Child Health complex at the state Teaching Hospital, Damaturu.
” Additionally, the administration is also constructing, upgrading and rehabilitating 53-ward focal Primary Health Care Centers.
“His Excellency has also supplied customized Tricycle Ambulances for emergency transportation of Women in Labor,” she said.
The director said she was at the palace to seek the emir’s support in educating the general public on the activities of the ministry and parastatals under it.
Responding, Ibn-Abali thanked the director for the advocacy and pledged the support of the emirate council and its co-operation in the implementation of all government policies and programmes.
Represented by the Shettima of Fika, Alhaji Bukar Abubakar, the emir noted that the BHCPF would go a long way in assisting poor people, who could not afford high cost of medical services. (NAN)