NASG assures proactive steps towards achieving universal health coverage in the State
Nasarawa state Government has assured of proactive steps towards achieving universal health coverage in the state. Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe gave the assurance while flagging off Access to Healthcare Services Under the Formal Sector Programme of the state health insurance scheme in Lafia today.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe who was emphatic that Nasarawa State will not be left behind in Universal Health Coverage, noted that Government is working round the clock at ensuring the state takes the lead in that direction.
He expressed delight with the commencement of enrolment of the formal sector and commended the Organized Labour for its timely acceptance of the scheme, calling on those in the formal sector in the state and Local Government levels to use the facilities that are available in health institutions across the one hundred and forty seven wards of the state to access basic health care services.
The deputy governor also urged medical practitioners to be available to render their services as well as provide the medical consumables required by patients, adding that issues of healthcare remains a priority to the present administration in the state.
Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Gaza Gwamna said the Agency has registered up to thirty five thousand enrolees of the health insurance programme, assuring of reaching the ninety six thousand target, adding that capitations have since been paid for all that registered with the scheme.
According to Dr. Gaza, the feat would not have been possible without the support of Governor Abdullahi Sule and the state Deputy Governor who have both demonstrated unfettered commitment to providing quality and accessible healthcare to the citizenry.
Goodwill messages by the Head of Service, Mr. Abari Nicholas Aboki, the Chief Medical Director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital.