By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAN) in collaboration with Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA) on Monday held a sensitization meeting with traditional rulers, artisans, people with disabilities, fashion designers, women, organized private sectors among others on the benefits of contributory health schemes of the state.
The one day programme also supported by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn – Engaged Citizens (PERL-ED) and Lafiya and Ukaid, discussed on other benefits accrued to informal Sector enrollees.
During the meeting held at Asaah Pyramid Hotel Kaduna, officials of the various health support body took times to educate, enlighten and sensitize the participants drawn mainly from informal sectors on the huge benefits domiciled in the contributory health scheme initiated by El-Rufai led administration, for individuals and households.
The main objective of the meeting among other things includes to ensure more enrollment of the informal sector especially women and other marginalized group into the contributory health insurance to reduce out of pocket expenditure.
Accordingly, it is also contribute to an increase in the number of individuals accessing health care services in the Kaduna State, on yearly basis. Health experts and officials from KADMAN, KADCHMA and others health institutions deliberated extensively on the role of accountability mechanism to increase in enrollment of informal sector and benefits, overview and operationalization of kaduna state contributory health scheme, it’s benefits in reducing out of pocket expenditure inline with universal health coverage among others.
Indeed, update on enrollment in the informal sector and capitation, as well as the commitment of the informal sector were discussed with questions and answers, abd concerns and responses sessions.
The formal sector especially the government workers and civil servants both at state and local government levels were automatically enrolled while the retirees enrollment were to be looked into.
KADMAN Co-chairman Alh. Mustapha Jumari and his counterpart shaded lights on the contending issues raised by participants concerning mostly on quality of services, facilities, enrollment payment method among other emerging issues.
The participants resolved to take up the campaign in their various locations to drive in enrollment in view of the enormous benefits people stand to gain from the scheme especially informal Sector. The vulnerable especially people with disability and the old age, widows and orphans stand to enjoy free of charge enrollment and benefits if due process are followed in the 23 local government area of state.