From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
The Jigawa State Contributory Health Management Agency (JICHMA) has promised to go through gaps identified by a group of Civil Society Organizations under the platform of the Jigawa Maternal Accountability Framework (JiMAF).
The executive secretary of JICHMA Pharm. Hamza Kakuri made the promise while speaking to newsmen on the activities of the agency.
“I acknowledge some of the gaps and observations rised by Jigawa Maternal Accountability Forum ( JiMAF) with regard to enrolment into the non-formal sector of the Insurance Scheme, and I promised to do my best to address the issue”, he said.
“To us, JiMAF is a critical partner, we want them to enlighten the public to go and access the Insurance Services, and also remain at forefront in supporting us to promote accountability and quality service in the Scheme” the ES stated.
The executive secretary also threatened to sanction any selected facility services provider that is not providing quality and standard service to the registered people.
He explained that over 222,000 people were enrolled into the formal sector of the scheme and 281 health facilities were accredited as service providers across the state.
“We are paying these accredited facilities their capitation on 25th of every month against next month which means the services are pre-paid, so there is no reason whatsoever not to provide the services they were paid for”
” It is not a privilege, it is right to the people to be given the services they have paid for, but we received a series of reports on how some facilities are given half services to their claims”
” It is the responsibility of health facilities to go and outsource any drugs they prescribed to the clients, therefore henceforth any facility that failed in providing adequate service will be sanctioned, including withholding its ‘monthly capitation” Pharm. Nura declared.
He however revealed that, in the non-formal sector under the Basic Primary Healthcare Provision Fund ( BHCF) a total of 91,840 privileged people were enrolled, with 320 people from each of the political wards in the state.