Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed into law the state Contributory Health Care Agency Bill 2016.
During a short ceremony in Kano recently, the governor said history has been made as the development is a fulfillment of one of his inaugural promises to improve the living conditions of civil servants in the state.
The Contributory Health Care scheme is a scheme that among other things facilitates payment for medical and surgical expenses incurred by civil servants in the state, which is included in their benefit packages as a means of motivating them.
He stated that as the scheme is being implemented, private sector workers would also be incorporated.
Ganduje noted that the scheme would be expanded subsequently to accommodate community involvement, so that access to health care delivery services in the grassroots would be enhanced.
Describing the scheme as sustainable because its source of funding is assured, the governor congratulated the entire civil servants in the state, whose welfare would be enhanced, promising that a management would be constituted for the agency very soon.
Meanwhile, the governor has also inaugurated a nine-member Task Force on Graveyards, headed by the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ali Haruna Makoda.
Governor Ganduje explained the state Task Force would collaborate with the state Standing Committee on Graveyards to improve their standard and to ensure renovation where necessary, as some of the final resting places were recently ravaged by flood and other environmental problems.
He appealed to community development associations (CDAs) to assist the government by embarking on dredging of culverts and drainages, especially those that traverse the graveyards, in a bid to check flooding.