Kaduna state government under Governor Nasir El-Rufai has placed own indigenes from 70 years and above suffering from diabetes and hypertension on life medical insurance.
The state governor, who unveiled the initiative at the official launching /commissioning of the hospital cash cover programme in partnership with Servier Pharmaceutical industry and and Micro-ensure, revealed that, the state will offer free medications and pay the bills of those who could no longer foot the medical bills as a result of retirement or otherwise.
Represented by his Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Andrew NoK, the governor said at least N200,000 has been earmarked per annum for each and every beneficiaries of the initiative aiming at ensuring that medical expenses never do not pose an threat to them.
According to the commissioner, “the government is keeping its promise to assist those above 70 years on medical ground in the state and has carefully selected 2 diseases such as diabetes and hypertension which are the most common silent killer diseases of people”.
Meanwhile, the Middle east manager of France-based Pharmaceutical Industry, Mr Ayo Dominic said in addition to partnering with Kaduna state in ensuring that the septuagenarians get quality and free medication, his organization will commence the training of over 200 medical doctors on modern ways of managing diabetes and hypertension before the end of September.
Dominic observed that despite the coming of his company into Nigeria at the time of recession when other foreign industries were folding up showed that Nigeria is an emerging market and the government is trying, but private investors need to come in to bridge the gap in ensuring that high quality medications are available and accessible to low income earners.
He then called on the state government to sustain the Hospital Cash Cover Progamme just as he quickly highlighted some of the drugs like Diamicron 30mg and 60mg MR for diabetes, Natrilix 1.5 mg, Coveram 10 mg and among others for hypertension.
Dominic then assured that his organization will device a means for patients to be receiving digital information on their phones regularly to remind them of their medication time.