Agency sensitises Plateau associations on health insurance
The Plateau State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (PLACHEMA), has advised tribal associations in the state to mobilise their people to enrol into the health insurance scheme.
Dr Fabong Jemchang, the Director General of the agency, gave the advice when he visited the National Executive Council of the Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Natives (PIDAN), on Saturday in Jos.
Jemchang emphasised the importance of the scheme to all Plateau residents, particularly those in the rural areas.
He said that the visit to PIDAN, who are representatives of various ethnic nationalities in the state, was part of its Domestic Resource Mobilisation Policy aimed at reaching out to all residents of Plateau on the need to enrol in the scheme.
“This visit is part of our donestic resource mobilisation policy aimed at reaching out to individuals and groups to enrol in the state insurance scheme.
“PIDAN is a critical stakeholder in terms of reaching out to the various ethnic nationalities; this visit is to speak to them on the importance of the scheme believing that the message will get to the grassroots,” he said.
The director general also said that PLACHEMA had concluded plans to increase the number of service providers in order to reach beneficiaries in the rural areas.
“Currently, we have 325 service providers across various wards in the state, but by July, we intend to have additional 325.
“But we call on communities to provide a health care facility and we will equip it with modern equipment that will service the people at the rural areas,” he said.
The director general also donated 1,000 forms worth N12 million to PIDAN to be distributed to less privileged persons to benefit from the scheme free of charge.
Responding, Prof. Aboi Madaki, PIDAN President, thanked Jemchang for the visit and described it as apt.
According to him, the visit is an eye-opener, adding that since health is wealth, residents of the state must enrol in the scheme.
He assured the director general that PIDAN would convey the message to its members across the state.