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Contributory Health Insurance: Bello decries low enrollment in Niger

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 Gov Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger on Thursday decried resident s low enrollment into the state s contributory health Insurance scheme The governor expressed his disappointment when he received the report of the state Primary Healthcare Memorandum of Understanding MoU with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Minna Bello blamed the low enrollment of residents in the scheme to lack of adequate awareness adding that people were somewhat cynical because they do not have confidence in the system According to him the lack of confidence is due to them not getting value for what they have paid for He however expressed optimism that when people begin to enjoy the benefits of the scheme more residents would register The governor said that the whole scheme was relatively new to the people unlike elsewhere in the world where it was fully operational and mandatory Bello said that the health insurance scheme would eventually pickup in the state stressing that it was the only way that hospitals would be properly maintained and sustained on the long term He gave assurance that the state government would continue to engage and fulfill its obligations to development partners and donors especially with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Earlier the state Commissioner of Health and Hospital Services Dr Mohammed Makusidi enumerated the countless achievements and successes recorded by the state government through the partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Also the Executive Director of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency Dr Ibrahim Dangana commended the state government for taking a bold step by signing MoU for effective healthcare delivery He said that the MoU was aimed at strengthening government health sector stewardship and leadership as well as to reduce out of pocket health expenditure with the establishment of the insurance scheme Other benefits of the healthcare scheme Dagana said included availability of skilled manpower and access to quality as well as affordable health products by the establishment of the state Drugs Management Agency amongst others NewsSourceCredit NAN
Contributory Health Insurance: Bello decries low enrollment in Niger

1 Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger on Thursday decried resident’s low enrollment into the state’s contributory health Insurance scheme.

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2 The governor expressed his disappointment when he received the report of the state Primary Healthcare Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Minna.

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3 Bello blamed the low enrollment of residents in the scheme to lack of adequate awareness, adding that people were somewhat cynical because they do not have confidence in the system.

nigerian dailies today newspapers

4 According to him, the lack of confidence is due to them not getting value for what they have paid for.

5 He, however, expressed optimism that when people begin to enjoy the benefits of the scheme, more residents would register.

6 The governor said that the whole scheme was relatively new to the people unlike elsewhere in the world where it was fully operational and mandatory.

7 Bello said that the health insurance scheme would eventually pickup in the state, stressing that it was the only way that hospitals would be properly maintained and sustained on the long term.

8 He gave assurance that the state government would continue to engage and fulfill its obligations to development partners and donors especially with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

9 Earlier, the state Commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, Dr Mohammed Makusidi enumerated the countless achievements and successes recorded by the state government through the partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

10 Also, the Executive Director of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Ibrahim Dangana, commended the state government for taking a bold step by signing MoU for effective healthcare delivery.

11 He said that the MoU was aimed at strengthening government health sector stewardship and leadership as well as to reduce out of pocket health expenditure with the establishment of the insurance scheme.

12 Other benefits of the healthcare scheme, Dagana said, included availability of skilled manpower and access to quality as well as affordable health products by the establishment of the state Drugs Management Agency amongst others.

13 NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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