By: MUKHTAR YAHAYA SHEHU
Kano State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency with support of FCDO Lafiya project organised a 3-days workshop for the review of Agency’s communication strategy and implementation road map to expand coverage and effective implementation of the scheme.
The objectives of the workshop include understanding the concept of modern communication strategy, develop a road map for it implementation for the State Contributory Healthcare scheme and to create a feedback process on the developed KSCHMA communication strategy.
In his opening remark, the state commissioner Commissioner for Health Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf represented by the Director General of Private Health Institutions Management Agency.(PHIMA) Professor Salisu Ahmad said that, the present administration of Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf is passionate about improving the health of its citizenry, he also assured the participants that recommendations from this workshop would be fully implemented.
In a statement signed by information officer KSCHMA Muhammad Nura Yusuf said the formally declared the workshop opened and wished for successful deliberations.
Speaking earlier,the Executive Secretary KSCHMA Dr. Rahila Aliyu Mukhtar stated that the workshop would serve as a turning point for the Agency to expand the coverage of the scheme and improve health service utilization among the enrolees especially the vulnerable groups.
She expressed worry on the low level of service utilization among the beneficiaries of the scheme especially those enrolled in to the vulnerable and Basic Healthcare provision funds to access free healthcare services in the scheme’s equity programme.
She therefore urged the participants to concentrates and come up with strategies that would increase awareness and patronage of the scheme by the general public so as to achieve Universal Health Coverage to all residents of Kano State.
In her speech,the Executive Secretary Kano Health Trust Fund (KHETFUND) Dr. Fatima Zahraddeen described the workshop as timely,appreciated the participant and extended gratitude to FCDO Lafiya for supporting the Agency and Health sector in the State.
In their separate remarks, the representatives of State ministry of information and internal affairs, FCDO Lafiya, KanSLAM, CBOs and WDC believed that the workshop would be useful in expanding coverage of the scheme and expressed their readiness to support the Agency for the successful implementation of its duties.
Various stakeholders participated during the workshop which includes: representatives from some of the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), media, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Kannywood, People living with disability, communication experts and WDCs.
The 3-Days workshop held at The FABS Hotel Zaria in Kaduna State was facilitated by communication expert Salisu Durumin iya.