Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar says his administration spends N900 million annually in the provision of free healthcare services to women and children.
Flagging-off the Formal Sector Contributory Health Care Scheme at the Dutse General hospital, the Governor said his government has been providing the free services for the last four years.
Alhaji Muhammed Badaru said, high cost of healthcare services has been a challenge to families, low income individuals and other vulnerable segments of the society which is why the government has increased the monthly funding from N15 million to N75million.
The governor said the services cover all pregnant women, children under the ages of five, accident victims, correctional inmates and boarding students across the state.
He said, ” the contributory healthcare scheme is a further effort in ensuring an overall objective of healthy and productive population through access to comprehensive, appropriate, affordable, efficient, equitable and quality essential health care”, he said.
He said financing healthcare delivery requires efficient and prudent management of resources which is why the government has consistently allocate an average of 15% of the state budget to the sector since 2016.
In his address, the Executive Secretary of the Scheme, Dr. Nura Ibrahim Kazaure said 40,000 civil servants of the state have been registered under the scheme while about 200,000 of their family members would also benefit from the exercise.
Dr. Nura said the beneficiaries would access services through 191 healthcare providers that include both private and public across the state.
He explained that all registered beneficiaries can immediately begin to access the services with their family members in the healthcare facility of their choice.