Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has said his administration contributed the sum of N2.6 billion to the State Healthcare Contributory Scheme for its workers in two years.
He stated this yesterday in Damaturu during the launching of the Expanded Free Healthcare scheme meant for poor and vulnerable persons.
He said, “Government has consistently sustained the employer statutory 3.25% contribution into the formal sector programme from June 2020 to date amounting to N2,642,670,944.84.
“This is in addition to N200 million in 2021 for the state government’s equity programme being implemented under the state Contributory Healthcare Management Agency.”
The governor said he restored N20 million monthly standing payment for the free drugs programme and bulk purchase of drugs and medical consumables amounting to N40 million for direct distribution to health facilities across the state.
He also explained that government had completed the upgrade of four general hospitals to specialist hospitals in Buni Yadi, Gashua, Potiskum and Geidam.
He added that seven Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) in Machina, Nguru, Jaji-Maji, Yunusari, Yusufari, Babban-Gida and Bara had been upgraded to general hospitals in fulfilment of his promise to establish one general hospital in every local government headquarters.