The Niger State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mustapha Jibril,has said that the State Government would implement the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
Jibril gave the assurance at a one-day stakeholders' engagement meeting on the role of non-state actors in the implementation of the BHCPF in Minna.
According to him, the state government has already constructed 247 rural primary healthcare centres for development of the health sector and to enable rural dwellers better access to affordable healthcare services in the state.
He explained that provision of modern facilities would go a long way in providing effective healthcare delivery at the rural areas.
We are fully prepared to give all the necessary support for the smooth take off of the exercise.
We have employed 500 health personnel to effectively manage the 247 primary health centres and equipped them with modern health facilities, he said.
Jibril said that arrangements had been concluded to join the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in order to improve healthcare delivery to citizens.
He said that the state government signed up for the scheme in a bid to making healthcare delivery accessible for residents.
The commissioner added that the adoption of the scheme would also facilitate the efforts of the state government meeting the healthcare needs of its workers.
A Bill on the introduction of health insurance scheme would soon be sent to the state House of Assembly.
The scheme will enable residents to access healthcare services by paying a small percentage of the service charges.
Programme Officer with the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Hope Nwagbara has called on the Niger State Government to exert the political will in monitoring health institutions in rural areas.
Nwagbara said that it was only by so doing that rural dwellers would gain better access to healthcare services.
She, however, called on the benefitting communities of the rural health centres to guard against vandalism.
Source: Voice of Nigeria