Newly established Adamawa State Contributory Health Management Agency is set to begin a state wide registration of all citizens so as to have access to quality and affordable healthcare services.
To achieve the state government’s initiatives, the agency by 1st quarter of 2021 will formally flag off the state wide registration exercise of the citizens to enable government provide affordable medical services to them.
According to the agency, the state Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is expected to kick start start the exercise and will be enrolled as the first beneficiary of the laudable scheme.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr. Amos Ujulu, made this known while paying a thank you/ courtesy visit on the State House of Assembly on Wednesday.
Dr. Ujulu who was received at the Assembly by the House Committee on Health and Human Services led by Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki(Yola North), said that the purpose of the visit was to thank the members for their role during the process of amending the law establishing the agency in June this year.
He disclosed that the agency has been mandated by the amended law to register all the citizens of the state with a view to provide them with quality and affordable healthcare services.
In actualising the set objectives, according to him, the agency has an enabling law which was amended, passed, assented to by Fintiri in June this year, and gazetted, and that they have developed some working tools including operational guidelines, business process manual, conducted capacity building sessions, sensitisations, visited first class chiefs, religious leaders and going to visit markets women and all associations among others.
He said it is expected that those in the formal sector particularly civil servants and those in the organised private sector make contributions to that effect, stating that for those in the informal sector especially pregnant women, children under the age of 5, elderly, physically challenged as well as people living at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps cannot pay for themselves.
The ES pointed out that the state government in its magnanimity has provided 1% of its consolidated revenue that will be utilised to pay for the aforementioned groups of people, adding that the Governor has constituted a governing board as well as provided a befitting office accommodation for the agency.
He said that qualified people have been deployed from various agencies to man the agency, pointing out that they have full support of the government and that they are aligning all their policies and objectives to further ensure that the fresh air mantra is well entrenched and reaches every citizen.
Dr. Amos Ujulu observed that the government has good intention for the citizens as its policy thrust clearly speaks to that, and that the agency hopes to see a marked reduction in mortality rate, and better health indices for citizens in the state.
Responding, the Chairman of the Health Committee, Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki(Yola North) along side Hon. Bathiya Wesley(Hong), Hon. Abdullahi Umar Yapak(Verre), Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa(Yola South), Hon. Umar Musa Bororo(Mubi south) thanked the agency for the visit, and pledged to support its activities 100%.