The Federal Government disbursed N518 million to Sokoto State Government in 2020 as National Healthcare Intervention Fund aimed at enhancing the lives of vulnerable persons in the society, Dr Nasir Sambo, the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) said.
He made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Thursday on the sideline of the official commencement of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in partnership with the Sokoto State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (SOCHEMA).
Sambo said the Federal Government remained committed to attainment of mandatory Universal Health Coverage (UHC) toward ensuring improved healthcare to citizens.
He stressed that the Federal Government remained committed to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sambo noted that the National Health Act enshrined one per cent from accrued consolidated national revenue for Basic Healthcare Provision for children, women, and the elderly.
He added that each state of the federation and the FCT benefitted from the fund.
He said arrangements had been made to ensure the sustainability of the programme and commended Gov. Aminu Tambuwal for floating a similar programme, where the Sokoto government allocated two per cent from its consolidated revenues.
Sambo added that N8.7 million was also shared to state governments by NHIS as an operational fund to enroll beneficiaries in their respective states.
The executive secretary further said that states were allowed to utilise NHIS’s Information Technology platforms to enroll beneficiaries.
“NHIS will continue to support states in the areas of training and capacity building along with other logistics,” Sambo said.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname, assured the government’s commitment in the overall process and urged community and religious leaders to support the exercise.
Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, the District Head of Gagi and Leader of Gagi Primary Healthcare Centre community group which was the venue of the enrollment launch, expressed appreciation over the federal and state government’s commitments.
Umar-Jabbi assured increased community partnership and mobilisation to achieve the desired results.
Boy Crushed To Death As Father Reverses
A 20 months old boy, Adan Kiritpaul was crushed to death by a lorry driven by his father on Sunday, February 28 at their home in Mahaica East Coast in Guyana.
The Police were notified that the father was slowly navigating the lorry out of his yard when he looked out his rear view mirror and saw something between the lorry’s wheels.
He immediately stopped and disembarked; and discovered his son lying motionless and his head crushed.
“The police arrived shortly after and commenced processing the scene. The body of the child was taken to the Mahaicony Public Hospital and an official pronouncement of death was made,” police said.
A post mortem is expected shortly while the father is in custody assisting with the investigation.
“I Can’t Stand This I’m Unfollowing You Now” – Zubby Michael Tackles Ini Edo
Ini Edo caused a stir on Instagram after she shared some hot bikini photos which attracted the attention of fans and various celebrities.
The reaction of Zubby Michael however stood out amongst others as the actor vowed to unfollow her over her hotness.
Zubby was so mesmerised by her beauty that he said he would unfollow her if she continues sharing such photos.
Zubby Michael slid under her post and wrote:
“I can’t stand this I’m unfollowing you now biko.”
See his post below;
Kano State Government Orders Immediate Closure Of 4 Tertiary Institutions
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered the immediate closure of four tertiary institutions in the state.
The closure comes a day after he ordered the closure of ten boarding schools in the state following the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in neighbouring Zamfara State.
A statement released by the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure, reads
“The Kano State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has directed the closure of some tertiary institutions in the state with immediate effect,”
The tertiary institutions ordered to be closed include RMK College of Advanced and Remedial Studies, T/Wada; School of Environmental Studies Gwarzo; School of Rural Technology and Entrepreneurship Dev (SORTED), Rano and ABCOAD, Dambatta.
All students of the affected schools were also advised to vacate the campuses as soon as possible.
PHOTOS: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, Meets Freed Kagara Schoolboys
The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello met with the recently freed Kagara schoolboys and their teachers at the state government house in Minna, the state capital.
The state governor said the state government is working to identify the root cause of banditry in the state.
He also disclosed that one of the abductees is in the hospital being treated for excessive exhaustion.
Armed Bandits Kill 4 Persons In Fresh Attacks In Kagara
At least four persons were reportedly killed during fresh attacks by suspected bandits in Kagara community in Niger State.
The attack comes after the 27 students and three teachers of the Government Science College in Kagara abducted by suspected bandits last Wednesday, February 17, regained their freedom in the early hours of today, February 27.
According to a report by DailyTrust, the bandits attacked Gidan Adamu, near Yakila, headquarters of Gunna district and Gidan Wamban Karaku community where 11 persons which include seven women were abducted.
The bandits were said to have rustled a large number of cows and also kidnapped the Imam of Madaka district in Rubo village.
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