By Laraba Usman
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has inaugurated the Yamaltu-Deba area office of the Gombe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (GoHealth).
Inaugurating the office in Deba headquarters of Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Council, yesterday, the Governor said the aim of inaugurating the area office was to strengthen Gohealth and ensure that, residents of the area had access to quality health service.
He said government has invested so much in the scheme which made it successful “government was paying counterpart funding as well as the payment of 3.5 percent salary contribution.
Represented by the Deputy Governor Mr. Manassah Jatau said from the inception of the programne in 2021 so many people have been enrolled in the scheme who have been accessing its service at a reduced cost.
He said, in order to provide this opportunity to a larger population, Local Government Area Council workers have been included.
He said, the scheme is open to residents in the state, especially the informal sector, that are interested.
He appealed to the public to take advantage of the area office and enrol, also called on those saddled with the responsibilities of service delivery, to be transparent and dedicate themselves towards achieving the desired objective.
Dr. Habu Dahiru Commissioner for Health said in order to achieve Universal health coverage, people must embrace contributory health scheme.
He further encouraged those that are not registered to come out and register with Gohealth, so that they will have the opportunity to access affordable and qualitative health care services.
He said the scheme is for everybody irrespective of his status” With the establishment of area office in all the 11 LGA, it is a great opportunity for you to come and register.
“And once you register as an individual as the head of the household , your wife, and four children will benefit from the programme,” he said.
In his remark Dr Abubakar Musa Executive Secretary GoHealth said from May 2021 to date, over 140,000 perdons have been registered in the scheme and have been granted access to the best quality services they can afford in Gombe state,
He said they have successfully enrolled and provided health access to health care services to not less than 100,000 poor and vulnerable across the state.
He said following the client satisfaction conducted by the agency, the findings were interesting because 79 per cent of the beneficiaries were satisfied with the services they provided.
He said the achievements recorded were as a result of the establishment of a 24 hour call and contact centre at the specialist hospital Gombe.
He said the call and contact centre has assisted them in attending to the needs of their clients and they were able to respond to their complaints,sugestion and every useful information.
Musa said call centre inaugurated in Deba was the first and subsequently others would be commissioned.
According to him, the centre is expected to provide three key functions, one is to serve as an enrolment site for the dependents of Local Government workers and people from the informal sector, secondly to receive complaints and concern from the beneficiaries and address them within the shortest possible time and lastly monitoring and supervision of health care providers.
Our correspondent reported that, highlight of the event was the presentation of motorcycles to Gohealth supervisors.