34,000 people drawn from privileged government areas of the Zamfara state are to benefit from the free healthcare services for the vulnerable and less Privileged launched by the government.
Director-General, Media Public Enlightenment and Communications Yusuf Idris Gusua stated this in a statement made available to media.
The project which was launched by the State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, is the first healthcare service that will be extended to 34,000 vulnerable persons drawn from the 147 wards of the state for the next three years.
The statement added that the Programme to be coordinated through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in the state.
“According to Matawalle, 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”.
The Governor happily 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 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.
Matawalle commended the State legislators, labour unions, CSOs, traditional and religious leaders for their support in the attainment of the laudable feat in the state.
The lauching ceremony was attended by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed Gayari, Chief of Staff Government House, Mallam Ibrahim Sulaiman Gusau, Senator Lawal Hassan Dan-Iya, Emir of Gusau, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, Members of the state Executives Council, Honourable Special Advisers and APC Supporters among others.