Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has said the Katsina State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (KTSCHMA), which he signed into law two years ago, will tame the catastrophic health care expenditure taking a toll on public servants in the state.
Governor Masari made the disclosure during the official flag-off of the scheme on Thursday.
The Governor said the bill establishing the scheme which he signed into law on December 27, 2018, has over 260,000 enrollees in the Formal Sector Program and the state’s 53,241 vulnerable population would be covered under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).
Governor Masari at the event reiterated his resolve to achieve universal health coverage for all residents of Katsina with no one left behind in accessing healthcare.
He said his administration will continue to work assiduously to provide a credible and sustainable mechanism for the pooling of resources to finance healthcare provisions in both formal and informal sector programs.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the primary purpose of Katsina State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency is to significantly reduce catastrophic Healthcare expenditure among the population of Katsina State residents. Such will be feasible by ensuring adequate and sustainable funding that will be efficiently and equitably used to provide quality health services and ensure financial risk protection for all Katsina State residents. This is in line with the national drive for achieving universal health coverage,” Governor Masari said
The Chairman of the board, board, Ismaila Isa Kaita, commended the Governor for his foresight and assured that the agency would do all that is needful for the agency to thrive and achieve its set goals and objectives.