Nigeria: Borno State Government Will Establish Health Insurance System



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Borno State government under the leadership of Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has concluded arrangements to establish Health Insurance System to cater for all people living in the state.

The Commissioner of Health Dr. Salihu Kwaya Bura, made this known while briefing Newsman on Wednesday on impact of the APC Administration in Health Care Delivery in the last one year.

He said governor Zulum has accorded great priority to primary healthcare at the grassroots, undertook 46 projects from which 37 new primary healthcare centres have been completed while 25 are at various stages.

The Commissioner stated that government reconstructed two primary healthcare centres in Tungushe and Walama, and rehabilitated two hospitals in Rann and Lassa and upgraded Biu General Hospital to a Specialist level.

He further stated that the Umaru Shehu Specialist Hospital was remodeled while government also established and funded a Contributory Healthcare Scheme to increase access to quality and affordable healthcare service by the people of the state.

Dr. Salihu Kwaya Bura equally stated that the government of Professor Zulum introduced free dialysis for all in Borno at the State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri where more than 1,000 patients have since benefited.

He disclosed that all the health training Institutions of College of Nursing, College of Midwifery and the College of Health Technology are fully accredited and the certificates awarded are nationally recognized.

The Commissioner also said that even though Medical Doctors are in short supply in Borno State, there are currently 32 Medical Doctors and 100 Nurses in the employment of the state while arrangements have been completed to re-engage 200 retired medical personnel to fill the available vacancies.

Dr. Salihu Kwaya-Bura further said that there are more than 200 indigenes studying medicine in different facilities across the globe who are ready to serve the state on graduation.

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