The Kano State government says over 370,000 enrollees are accessing healthcare through the state’s health insurance scheme.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who was speaking at the opening of a workshop on shaping the future of health insurance expansion in Nigeria through state health insurance schemes, said the scheme in just one and a half years is currently operating in 245 healthcare facilities comprising 134 primary healthcare facilities, 37 secondary healthcare facilities and 74 private healthcare facilities across the State. The workshop was organised by the scheme in conjunction with USAID and DFID.
“The state has provided all the necessary enabling environment to make the scheme work. We have provided the legal framework for the scheme, renovated and furnished the agency’s office accommodation amounting to N85 million, approved a grant of N250 million for the provision of ICT infrastructure, and released N100 million as necessary requirement for Kano’s participation in Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in line with the state’s policy drive to strengthen the health system,” he said.
He added that 5% of the state’s internally generated revenue and 1% of the LGAs’ statutory allocation had been dedicated to the health sector under the state’s Health Trust Fund (KHETFUND) which will invariably augment the risk pool of the contributory health scheme.
Ganduje also said access to affordable healthcare continues to be a challenge for most households due to high level of poverty and significant reliance on out of pocket expenses, hence contributory healthcare scheme population coverage throughout the country had remained low.
The USAID representative at the workshop, Minal Amin, said they would continue to work closely with the Nigerian government as they work towards achieving global health coverage for all.