FATIMA Abdullahi Ahmed
Zamfara State Executive Governor, Bello Matawalle launched free healthcare services for vulnerable and less Previleged in the state targeting a total beneficiaries of 34,000 people drawn from the 14 local government areas of the state
Governor Matawalle is the first governor in the country to launch this laudable programme of free healthcare services that will be extended to 34,000 vulnerable persons drawn from the 147 wards of the state for the next three years.
The governor gave the good tidings in Gusau, the state capital at the launch of the ‘Care for 34,000 Vulnerable Persons Programme’ to be coordinated through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in the state.
According to him, a total of 231 beneficiaries will be selected from each of the 147 wards comprising 92 pregnant women, 116 under 5 children as well as 23 elderly and physically challenged persons will be enrolled into the scheme by a Committee that will soon be set up.
He noted that with the construction of Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) spread across the 147 wards which will soon come into operations, beneficiaries of the scheme will not have to travel far to access services aimed at addressing and reducing maternal mortality and other health challenges especially at the rural area levels.
He disclosed that already, his administration has paid up its mandatory N100 million counterpart to access the fund for the effective, smooth and immediate take off of the scheme.
He commended the state legislators, labour unions, CSOs, traditional and religious leaders for their support in the attainment of the laudable feat in the state.