By Asmau Ahmad
The Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency (BACHMA) says it will meet with the officials of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to ensure the success of contributory fund for healthcare financing in the state.
Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Mansur Dada, disclosed this on Wednesday when members of Bauchi State Network for Civil Society Organisations (BASNEC) visited him.
He said that the meeting with labour union leaders in the state would be held in April to discuss the way forward.
He said that the agency would also hold meetings with various trade unions and organised private sector to work out contribution modalities for its members and employers.
“The programme will include formal and informal sector workers and students of tertiary institutions across the state.
“Others are the vulnerable persons in the state; their contribution will be coming from the federal government and the agency,” he said.
Dada said the agency’s doors were open for donation from both public and private sectors willing to support the scheme.
He pledged to partner with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to ensure transparency, accountability and efficient management of funds and services delivery.
The Chairman of BASNEC, Mr Jinjiri Garba, expressed the willingness of the group to partner the agency in delivering on its mandate.
He said that BASNEC had a membership of about 100 CSOs across the state, adding “we have successfully advocated for the increase of health budget in the state from nine per cent to 16 per cent.”
Newsmen report that BACHMA was established recently to ensure free healthcare delivery to all residents of the state.