Niger government has established the state Contributory Health Agency (NGSCHA) to provide easy, free and affordable healthcare services to the people.
The Commissioner for Health and Hospital Management, Dr Mustapha Jibril, who disclosed this during a news conference in Minna yesterday said the move represented a significant milestone in Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s quest to meet the healthcare needs of the people.
North Central Trust recalled that that the bill establishing the agency and the scheme was passed into law in December, 2018 and assented by Governor Bello in January, 2019.
The Commissioner said the Agency would make use of the existing primary healthcare facilities.
According to him with the bill each civil servant in the state and local government employment is expected to contribute 2.5 percent of his basic salary while those in the informal sector would make monthly contribution of N600 each.
He further explained that the state government has set aside one per cent of consolidated revenue of the state to take care of the vulnerable who cannot afford to pay for their health care needs in addition to the funding from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
The commissioner disclosed the agency would commence deductions of contributions from the formal sector by end of March, adding that the agency was working with the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
He called on the media to help sensitise the public on the need to key into the free health care service delivery.