Governor Zulum appoints chairman, E.S for Borno’s healthcare scheme
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the appointment of chairman, executive secretary and 11 members of a newly established Borno State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency which aims to guarantee access to quality and affordable medical services for all residents of the state.
The Governor’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau announced this in a statement released on Friday morning that Zulum appointed Alhaji Sani Maidugu as chairman and Dr. Abba Kazah Saleh as the agency’s executive secretary.
Also appointed were 11 members, each of whom are to represent the national health insurance scheme, the Nigerian Medical Association, the Medical Health Workers Union Of Nigeria, the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, the Nigerian Employer Consultative Association and the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council.
Also part of the 11 members are those to represent Borno’s ministries of health, Justice, budget and planning and office of the head of service.
Gusau recalled that Governor Zulum had towards the end of 2019, signed into law a bill passed by Borno state House of Assembly, establishing the contributory health scheme in order to key into a national and global programme that aims at universal health coverage.
The scheme, the spokesman explained, mandates workers and their employers (state government, local government and private sector employers) to make monthly contributions to a fund that will be accessed by health management organizations (HMOs) who will provide direct workers and their families to designated hospitals for medical services at nearly free cost.
Zulum had directed the new appointees to ensure the agency upholds its objectives to protect families from difficulties of paying huge medical bills, limit the inflationary rise in the cost of healthcare services and ensure efficiency in healthcare service delivery without compromising
high standard of medical services to be provided to citizens.