By Dorcas Dauda
Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency, BASHCMA has expended N14,56000,200 providing basic healthcare services to 2740 enrollees in Katagum local government area of the state under the Federal government Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).
The Desk officer of Basic health care provision funds Katagum Local Government Area Inuwa Dada told newsmen that about 137 vulnerable people from each of the 20 wards in Katagum council enrolled in the scheme and received free healthcare services.
He added that since July 2021, a monthly allocation of seventy-eight thousand and ninety naira was being provided to the benefitting health facilities under the scheme.
He appealed to the government to increase the number of enrollees in view of the current economic hardship faced by the people, especially the vulnerable.
Also speaking the Heath officer in charge of Nassarawa A Primary Health Care, Binta Ahmed said the facility is not only open to enrollees but also to other members of the needing medical help at a subsidized rate.
Rukkaya Bala Ibrahim, the health officer In-charge at Kofar pada Primary Healthcare centre said an average of 50 enrollees come to the health facility to seek medical attention monthly.
She commended the Bauchi State Government for the scheme, describing it as a relief to the vulnerable population in the state.
One of the beneficiaries Fatsuma Ibrahim, whose two children, Hauwa’u and Abdulahi have been enrolled, appreciated the Bauchi state government for the introduction of the basic health care provision fund programme.
She said the programme has helped her in gaining access to quality health care services for her children at no cost.
The Executive Secretary of Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency (BASHCMA) Dr Mansur Dada told Newsmen that additional 2,584 vulnerable persons had been enrolled in the 20 Local Government Areas of the State.