Kaduna State Govt. validates health financing policy for equitable access to healthcare.
Written by News Room on May 20, 2022
Kaduna State Government has started a two-day meeting to validate its Healthcare Financing Policy and Strategy (KSHFPS) to ensure access to equitable and quality healthcare services.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, represented by Dr Sunday Joseph, Director, Planning Research and Statistics in the ministry, said at the opening of the meeting in Kano on Friday, that the KSHFPS was in line with Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all people to have access to healthcare without financial barriers or discrimination.
Providing an overview of the KSHFPS, the Consultant, Prof. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, pointed out that the unmet health need of residents, coupled with high cost of healthcare to households was an indication of financial related barriers to assessing healthcare.
Director-General, Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA), Mr Abubakar Hassan, thanked stakeholders and partners for supporting the state to strengthen healthcare delivery systems.
Advocacy, Campaign and Policy Manager of Save the Children International, Mr Ifedilichukwu Ekene-Innocent, said KSHFPS would help the state to moblise the needed finances for the healthcare sector.
Citizens’ Co-chair, Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), Mr Mustapha Jumare, commended the government for developing the financing policy and strategy to address the problem of healthcare financing.