By Muhd D. Haidar
Jigawa State Contributory Health Insurance Management Agency (JICHMA) has threatened to sanction any selected facility services provider that is providing poor and substandard services to the registered beneficiaries.
The Executive Secretary, JICHMA, Pharm. Hamza Kakuri sound the warning while answering questions from newsmen on the services they are providing in the state.
Pharm. Hamza explained that, over 222,000 people were enrolled into formal sector of the scheme and 281 health facilities were accredited as service providers across the state.
Said he: “We are paying these accredited facilities their capitation on every 25th of each month against next month that means the services are pre-paid, so there is no reason what so ever for them not provide effective services they were paid for.
“It is not a privilege, it is a right to the people to be given the services they have paid for, but we recieved series of report on how some facilities are given half services to their claims.
“It is the responsibilities of health facilities to go an out source any drugs they prescribed to the cleints, therefore henceforth any facility that failed to provide adequate service will be sanction, including withholding its ‘monthly capitation” Pharm. declared.
He however revealed that, in the non-formal sector under Basic Primary Healthcare Provision Fund ( BHCF) a total of 91,840 less privilege people were enrolled, with 320 person from each of political wards in the state.
The Executive Secretary however acknowledged some of the gaps and observation rised by Jigawa Maternal Accountability Forum (JIMAF) with regard to enrolment into the non formal sector of the Insurance Scheme, promised to do more in addressing the issue.
“To us JIMAF is a critical partner, we want them to enlightened the public to go an access the Insurance Services, and also remain at forefront in supporting us to promote accountability and quality service in the Scheme”. He stated.
During a one day meeting for sharing findings around JICHMA service organized by JIMAF in collaboration with WSH, aims at engaging all stakeholders for strengthen the Insurance Scheme in the state.