277,862 Beneficiaries Enroll in Social Health Insurance Scheme in Plateau

Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

The Director-General of Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (PLASCHEMA), Dr. Agabus Manesseh, has disclosed that significant progress has been made in healthcare accessibility, with over 277,862 beneficiaries enrolled in the social health insurance scheme in the state since its establishment in 2019.

Speaking at a media interface Manesseh emphasized the agency’s aim to achieve universal health coverage by 2030 through a comprehensive five-year strategic plan.

According to him, “Our primary goal is to ensure that every individual in Plateau State, regardless of socio-economic status, can access quality and affordable healthcare services”, adding that the significant number of enrolees reflects the agency’s commitment to advancing universal health coverage in the state.

“Of the total beneficiaries, 124,000 originate from the formal sector, which encompasses employees and their dependents. Additionally, 8,342 beneficiaries are enlisted from the informal sector, and we have extended coverage to 145,000 through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund”, he noted.

He also outlined the strategic expansion of healthcare infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of beneficiaries, accrediting a network of healthcare facilities including pharmacies, laboratories, primary healthcare centres, and secondary facilities.

Manesseh acknowledged challenges such as delays in payment remittances, lack of operational vehicles, and the need for legislative reviews to enhance premium contributions.

Amidst challenges, he however emphasized significant accomplishments, including clearing payment backlogs and securing government support. He cited the approval of counterpart funds amounting to N327 million by Governor Caleb Mutfwang to enhance healthcare access for the poor and vulnerable.

In discussing the role of the media in promoting sustainability and development, Manesseh emphasized its importance in promoting transparency, accountability, and inclusivity in healthcare delivery.

He encouraged media partners to provide constructive feedback and emphasized the media’s potential to shape public perception and policy discourse.

 The Director General expressed the agency’s commitment to working with the media as a crucial stakeholder in advancing universal health coverage.

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