From Maiharaji Altine Gusau
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has launched free healthcare services for vulnerable and less Previleged in the state.
In a press release, the Director General, Media Public Enlightenment and Communications Government House, Gusau, Alhaji Yusuf Idris said the program which was launched on Thursday was targeted at a total number of 34,000 beneficiaries drawn from the 14 local government areas of the state.
The statement further added that, Governor Bello Matawalle was the first Governor in the country to launch this laudable program that would be extended to 34,000 vulnerable persons drawn from the 147 wards of the state for the next three years.
The Programme’ would be coordinated through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in the state.
According to him, a total of 231 beneficiaries will be selected from each of the 147 wards comprising 92 pregnant women, 116 under 5 children as well as 23 elderly and physically challenged persons will be enrolled into the scheme by a Committee that will soon be set up.
The Barden Hausa happily noted that with the construction of Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) spread across the 147 wards which will soon come into operations, beneficiaries of the scheme would not have to travel far to access services aimed at addressing and reducing maternal mortality and other health challenges especially at the rural area levels.
He disclosed that already, his administration has paid up its mandatory N100 million counterpart to access the fund for the effective, smooth and immediate take off of the scheme.
He commended the state legislators, labour unions, CSOs, traditional and religious leaders for their support in the attainment of the laudable feat in the state.
The lauching ceremony was attended by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed Gayari and the Chief of Staff Government House, Mallam Ibrahim Sulaiman Gusau.
Others were, Senator Lawal Hassan Dan-Iya, Emir of Gusau, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, Members of the state Executives Council, Honourable Special Advisers and APC Supporters among others.