Mai Mala Buni, Yobe State Governor has launched a Free Healthcare Service scheme for poor and vulnerable people in the state.
The scheme is designed to provide qualitative and affordable healthcare services for the target group.
Speaking in Damaturu, the governor said the new remodelled Free Healthcare Scheme will improve the accessibility of high-quality and effective healthcare services in the state.
Buni said the scheme would also improve healthcare for particularly poor and vulnerable people to achieve long-term universal health coverage and promote a healthy and productive society.
“I am also happy to once again launch and present to the public the YSCHMA Informal Sector Programme that will provide a prescribed package of healthcare services at uniform contributions of NGN12,000 per person per annum, accessible to all self-employed residents at the grassroots”.
Governor Buni said the emergence of the scheme was the result of programmes fused together into a single framework comprising the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, the State Equity Programme, the Subsidised Formal Sector Programme, Deferral and Exemptions and Free Maternal, New-born, as well as the Child Health Programmes.
He disclosed that since the commencement of Contributory Healthcare, the State Government has consistently sustained the employer statutory 3.25% contribution into the formal sector programme from June 2020 to date, amounting to over 2.6 billion, in addition to 200 million in 2021.