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Adamawa Govt reiterates commitment on Health Insurance Scheme

Adamawa Government has reiterated its commitment to implement the state Health Insurance Scheme.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr Kennedy Bartimaus made this known Wednesday at a stakeholders meeting on the scheme implementation in Yola.

Bartimaus said the absence of Governing Board for the Adamawa State Health Insurance Scheme (ASHIS) was responsible for the non implementation of the programme in the state.

Bartimaus said the meeting for stakeholders was organized to enlightened stakeholders on the situation on ground and the journey so far in the implementation of the programme in the state

He urged for more mobilization of the public on the laudable programme which he said made provision for every citizen enrolled to enjoy affordable and quality healthcare.

In his remarks at the meeting, the Adamawa Head of Service, Mr Edgar Amos, said the present administration of Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri has placed high priority on healthcare delivery and would soon constitute the ASHIS governing board.

In a presentation on the scheme, Dr Ujulu Amos, the Head of Health Financing Unit in the Adamawa ministry of health, said research on the scheme showed that about 70 per cent of Adamawa people reached out to indicated their willingness to join the scheme aimed at providing affordable and quality treatment to beneficiaries.

“With the scheme, about 70 per cent of deaths, particularly maternal death would be addressed.”

Amos said the scheme which required annual payment of N4,720 per annum for individual and N7,800 for a family of four also had provision for free medical care for the very poor in the society to be funded by the state government from an Equity Fund.

Amos explained that among those to get free treatment to be funded through the equity fund were vulnerable pregnant women, people with disability and 65 years old and above.

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