The Yobe State Contributory Health Management Agency (YSCHMA) has held a two-day workshop, preparatory to enroll 10,000 UNICEF supported healthcare beneficiaries in the state.
The workshop brought together YSCHMA staff and enrollment officers to prepare for the enrollment of the vulnerable beneficiaries.
The objective of the workshop was to review and finalize YSCHMA's implementation strategy and accountability plan.
The workshop also aimed to retrain enrollment officers, ensuring the successful enrollment of beneficiaries and optimizing service utilization.
During their opening remarks, both the Executive Secretary of YSCHMA, (Dr) Babagana Tijjani and the UNICEF representative underscored the importance of the support.
They expressed their appreciation for the dedication and commitment of the Yobe State government, led by Governor Mai Mala Buni, particularly in the healthcare sector.
This was contained in a statement on Sunday morning by the YSCHMA, stating that the workshop which commenced on Friday, ended on Saturday.
"UNICEF through the state contributory healthcare scheme is supporting Yobe State Government to sponsor 10,000 poor and vulnerable beneficiaries targeted specifically Pregnant mothers (40%), Children Under-5 (45%) and indigent group (poorest of the poor including orphans and widows) (15%) in two LGAs of Gulani and Geidam.
"The support is aimed to contribute toward the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and increase immunization uptake in the 2 zero dose LGAs.
"The prospective beneficiaries when successfully enrolled will be provided free health care services through the state contributory health scheme arrangement.
"The meeting discussed enrolment strategy and emphasize that YSCHMA ENROLLMENT IS FREE.
"Participants of the workshop are further guided on beneficiaries’ eligibility validation Process, electronic enrollment and captured data synchronization including demonstration of online enrollment portal.
"It was also agreed that enrolment will take place at respective wards level.
"Also, presentation was made on implementation expected performance that include compliance referral system Quality Assurance score card, implementation monitoring and encounter data reporting.
"Most importantly, issues of monthly Financial Utilization Report from HFs were thoroughly discussed including enforcement of Compliance & Sanctions for defaulting HFs.
"The meeting also discussed accountability plan and stressed that without accountability, healthcare delivery risks inefficiency, poor quality of care and health outcomes.
"Various forms accountability at all levels of health system delivery was deliberated that will strengthen implementation and ensure value-for-money.
"These includes financial, social, performance, provider and political accountability.
"The meeting was attended by YSCHMA technical team and over 30 enrolment officers that will be deployed to the field," the statement added.