KECHEMA Records 34,000 Enrollees In Social Healthcare Contributions In Kebbi

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BIRNIN KEBBI – The Executive Secretary of Kebbi State Contributory Healthcare Management agency (KECHEMA) Dr Ja, afar Muhammad Augie, has said that so far at least 34,000 people have enrolled in the state.

Speaking on Friday in his office in Birnin Kebbi, the State capital, Dr Augie disclosed that the contributory Agency was initiated by the state governor Senator Atiku Bagudu three years after the federal government decentralized social healthcare to enable the people of the state to access healthcare with ease.

According to Augie, the Scheme was established under Kebbi State Law 2 and so far 43 primary healthcare facilities are participating in the Scheme and they are attending to at least 33,938 enrollees across the state.

The KECHEMA Executive Secretary added that another 3,000 persons from the informal sector have been captured in the Scheme who will pay an agreed premium to the Agency.

“We have categorised it into three; namely the formal sector which include civil servants and retirees; we have in the informal sector what we named vital contributors and the vulnerable group which include orphans, widows, physically challenged persons whose premium will be sourced from the equity funds in Kebbi state gathered through consolidated revenue funds (CRF),” he said.

He further said that for the Scheme to fully take off and function effectively, the Agency needs the full participation of the formal sector which is the state government.

He said this would trigger the complete participation of the informal sector and bring about checks and balances and will as well build the confidence of the informal sector.

He mentioned lack of awareness of the Scheme as of the reasons for the slow pace of the programme.

He said: “Already, organised labour in Kebbi state has agreed to commit 3% of basic salaries of the state civil servants as a premium to the social healthcare scheme, so we are optistimic that very soon the state government will give its nod on.”

Augie, who enjoined members of the public to key into the Scheme in order to access basic healthcare, stated that interested groups can join the Scheme directly or through traditional rulers’ or associations.

He thanked Governor Bagudu for establishing the contributory Scheme.

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