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.
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.
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.