Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has sponsored the enrollment of 100 poor and vulnerable people under ‘Expanded Healthcare Services Scheme’ in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Lawan Gana disclosed during the inauguration exercise on Monday in Damaturu.
He said the Governor inaugurated the Yobe State Expanded Healthcare Services Scheme in the past two weeks.
According to the statement, Dr. Gana said that the Governor made a personal commitment to support enrollment of 100 poor and vulnerable persons.
“Today, in fulfillment of that pledge, we are kick-starting Buni’s personal sponsorship,” the Commissioner averred.
He said that the scheme targeted all vulnerabilities such as disability, poverty, pregnant women, children older than five and sickle cell disease patients, among others.
“In order to achieve universal health coverage, the government could not do that alone.
“There is a need for the affluent, philanthropists and organizations to support the government by emulating Buni’s gesture,” he said.
Gana revealed that the state government is targeting 80 per cent of the population to be covered under the scheme.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YOCHMA), Dr Babagana Tijjani said the agency was determined to ensure that program under the agency commence soon.
“We have the formal sector program, which civil servants of state and local government are currently benefiting from.
“While other parts of the population benefit from the informal part of the program,” he said
Equity and Basic Healthcare Program were meant for the vulnerable members of the society, Tijjani added.
He enjoined indigenes of the state to join the program to achieve universal healthcare coverage.
A visually impaired beneficiary, Malam Ali Bukar, lauded the gesture especially to the vulnerable population.