Kaduna launches free med­i­ca­tion, life in­sur­ance for el­derly

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Gov­ern­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Servier In­ter­na­tional and Mi­cro-En­sure yes­ter­day launched hos­pi­tal cash cover pro­gramme for peo­ple 70 years and above in the state.

Daily Trust re­ports that un­der the pro­gramme, the el­derly par­tic­u­larly those suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion would get free med­i­ca­tion while bills would be paid for those who are sick and ad­mit­ted for two to three days in the state gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals. In ad­di­tion to the cash cover pro­gramme is a life in­sur­ance pol­icy for the el­derly.

Launch­ing the pro­gramme in Kaduna yes­ter­day, the state gov­er­nor, Malam Nasir El-Ru­fai de­scribed it as crit­i­cal to en­sure the health of the aged; say­ing it was part of the state gov­ern­ment’s restora­tion mas­ter plan.

“The el­derly be­long to the vul­ner­a­ble sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion; they have a very weak health sys­tem. Un­for­tu­nately, at that age, you can­not earn a liv­ing. They are there­fore in dire need of sup­port,” he said.

El-Ru­fai who was rep­re­sented by the Com­mis­sioner for Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan An­drew Nok, stated that to fur­ther en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness of the pro­gramme, the state gov­ern­ment had con­cluded ar­range­ment to train 200 doc­tors in France on mod­ern man­age­ment of hy­per­ten­sion.

Also speak­ing at the event, the Com­mis­sioner for Health, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo ex­plained the con­cept of the pro­gramme, say­ing, “In the restora­tion mas­ter plan, gov­ern­ment said 70 years and above will be given free med­i­cal care, so that was what in­formed the age 70. We are hop­ing that as we start this pro­gramme, it will be in­cor­po­rated into the con­trib­u­tory health in­sur­ance scheme.”

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