Borno govt begins enrolment of indigent persons into healthcare services

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The Borno State government said it has enrolled 124,000 vulnerable people affected by insurgency into the healthcare system in some hard-to-reach local government areas in the state.

Executive Secretary, Borno State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (BOSCHMA), Dr Saleh Abba disclosed this to newsmen Maiduguri at the weekend.

Dr Saleh said the agency aimed to enrol 250,000 vulnerable people affected by the conflicts.

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He stressed that the initiative prioritises their well-being, ensuring that each Primary Healthcare Center (PHC) receives the necessary funding tailored to their unique needs, especially in the hard-to-reach communities in Lake Chad.

“As we ventured into the heart of these rural communities, the need for vital amenities such as security, food, water, shelter, healthcare, schools, and markets became glaringly apparent.

“It is within this context that our agency, driven by a clear mission to support healthcare facilities, played its part. It required critical thinking, strategic engagement, and a holistic approach, recognising that healthcare’s growth is intertwined with the overall well-being of the community, “he said.

“As you know, insurgents destroyed almost 45 percent of our health facilities and the current administration has been working to fix the problem. Many of our people don’t have access to quality and affordable health service delivery so we have so far registered 124,000 vulnerable people into free healthcare in the state.

“Recently, we visited Baga, Cross Kawwa, and Doro Wards of Kukawa LGA where we enrolled 3,000 children, pregnant and elderly people into the services.

“We enrolled approximately 9000 vulnerable individuals in Bama LGA, two days ago we enrolled 1500 people including pregnant women, children and others at Banki town.”Dr Saleh.

He said the development and revival of these once-devastated communities require a collaborative effort between the government and its citizens to restore health facilities in their various constituencies.

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