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Yobe agency expands contributory health scheme to achieve Universal Health Coverage coverage



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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu


As part of measures towards implementation of Universal Health Coverage, Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA) has inaugurated a business office in Damaturu.

The new Damaturu YSCHMA’s business office has brought the number of the service unit of the same category into two, as the agency had in 2022 established one in Potiskum town to take informal sector programme enrolment to the grass root.

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The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Babagana Tijjani while commissioning the new business office said the unit would serve as a marketing hub for the agency by addressing enrollees complain, and providing more opportunities for enrolment.

He said the measure was also meant to help fast track access to affordable and qualitative healthcare service delivery among the Yobe population.

Responding to questions from Journalists shortly after the event, Dr Babagana Tijjani said, “The informal sector programme is among the top health priority agenda of Governor Mai Mala Buni’s administration with a mission to ensuring that self-employed groups in the state are provided with affordable and qualitative healthcare service under the current contributory healthcare arrangement of Yobe State Government.

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“YSCHMA will prioritize this going forward in the year 2024,” Dr Babagana Tijjani added.

The Executive Secretary also applauded the genuine commitment of Gov.Mai Mala Buni of the state in providing people-centred healthcare service delivery and for building more sustainable health financing that will ensure individuals and communities enjoy the required and affordable health services.

In a unique show of commitment and philanthropic disposition, Dr Babagana Tijjani, on behalf of himself and the YSCHMA management team, pledged to identify and sponsor 20 vulnerable individuals into the contributory health scheme.

He appealed to wealthy individuals and political leaders in the state and beyond to sponsor the enrolment of vulnerable groups into the health scheme towards the attainment of universal health coverage in Yobe State.

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