Kaduna State Government has declared free health and transport services for residents along designated routes in Kaduna, Kafanchan, and Zaria as part of three emergency palliative measures adopted to address naira crunch.
The state government said the gesture would begin today and would be done in partnership with transport unions who will provide the buses and tricycles.
It also declared the provision of palliatives as was done during the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Special Adviser to the governor on media and communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, in a statement, said the decision was taken Tuesday at the state Security Council meeting chaired by the governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
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He said the meeting was attended by heads of security agencies, royal fathers and officials of the state government.
He said the state government had directed state hospitals to offer free routine care for common illnesses like malaria and typhoid in addition to free care for pregnant women and children younger than five years which has been government policy since 2015.
Muyiwa said prescriptions would be given, and the health facility visited would administer drugs, if available.
“To access this service, citizens will be required to present their National Identity Number or the Kaduna State Residency Card issued by the Kaduna State Residents Identity Management Agency (KADRIMA),” he said.