FIVE YEARS CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR SOCIAL HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME IN PLATEAU STATE, OR—PLASCHEMA

By: Eunice Maina,

Following the flag-off of the Plateau State Social Health Insurance Scheme, by His Excellency Barr Simon Bako Lalong, the Executive Governor of Plateau State on the 15th of September, 2020, the Plateau State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (PLASCHEMA), has organized a two day sensitization/town hall meeting on the, “Enrollment of residents into the Plateau State Social Health Insurance Scheme”.

The town hall meeting which had in attendance stakeholders and participants from across the State, took place on the 15th to 16th of October, 2020, at Crest Hotel, in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, to enlighten them on the significance of the Social Health Insurance Scheme.

Dr. Fabong Jemchang Yildam,

Dr. Fabong Jemchang Yildam, the Director General of PLASCHEMA in his keynote address said that, a two years widow period has been set to enable children get registered in Plateau State.

According to the D-G, those who the vulnerable are children under five years of age and basically they are preschoolers.

But we are giving a window of two years starting from 2019 to the 16th of September, 2021, every child that is greater than five years or that is below five years must have a card that is duly registered with us before his been accepted into school.”

Dr. Fabong in part, while interacting with the organized private sector under the platform of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) said, “The vulnerable are children under five years of age and basically they are preschoolers, but after five years of age it is expected that these children are in school.

“We had agreed in collaboration with SUBEB here on the Plateau that, no child will be enrolled into any school without presenting our card.

“If that child is covered under his parents, of course then, we have to get the photocopy of his father’s Identity Card (ID) and then we have to follow through the facilities through which that child access healthcare, without which no child will be enroll into school.

“But we are given a window of two years, starting from 2019 to the 16th of September, 2021, that every child that is greater than five years or that is below five years must have a card that is duly registered with us before his been accepted into school.”

The Deputy Director of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Adenike Adebayo Ajala on her part stated that, “Subscription to the program of the scheme is optional except for employees in the public and organized private sector. The system envisages a shared responsibility between the people and the government for financing quality healthcare”.

Adding that, “The on-going public awareness about the State Health Scheme is to ensure buy-in, by stakeholders and continuous engagement of stakeholders, employers, organization and unions.”

Some of the papers presented at the two day meeting include, “The role of PLASCHEMA in achieving universal health coverage- the journey so far” and “Social health insurance as a vehicle for improving population health”.

It is of note that, PLASCHEMA is aimed at ensuring access to quality healthcare and financial protection for all residents of Plateau State using a healthcare financing mechanism structured through a mandatory pooling of cost and risk with fair utilization of all available resources, ensuring public and private sector participation that leads to an equitable distribution of healthcare resources across the State for an efficient healthcare services delivery.

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