…Moves to enroll school age children to reduce cases of out of school children

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

A Non-governmental organization (NGO), Caleb Danladi Foundation in partnership with the Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA) has enrolled 190 less privileged persons in the State into health insurance scheme.

The beneficiaries who are mostly less privileged women and children were carefully selected across three chiefdoms of Jaba, Kagoma and Bade chiefdoms in southern senatorial zone of Kaduna state.

During the launch of the enrollment exercise at Kwoi town in Jaba local government area of the State, the Foundation enrolled 180 people, while the Kaduna State health management authority registered 10 beneficiaries into the health insurance scheme for free.

In his speech, the Founder of the NGO, Mr. Caleb Danladi Bako said, “As a person who grew up in the rural setting, I was moved to assist the down trodden by enrolling them into the health insurance scheme to enable them have access to free medical health care and reduce maternal mortality which is becoming alarming”.

Bako commended the Kaduna State government for the introduction of the health insurance scheme, and promised that the gesture would be extended to cover all the three senatorial zones of Kaduna state and other States of the country.

The NGO Founder who also expressed concern over the high rate of out of school children in the society said, “plans are on the way by the foundation to embark on sensitization campaign towards enrolling school aged children to reduce the rate of out of school children in the society”.

In a message to the occasion, the Director General of KADCHMA, Abubakar Hassan who was represented by the Head of Administration and Finance, Suleiman Mustapha commended the NGO for the concern shown towards improving the health being of the less privileged in the society.

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“The enrollment of 180 people by the Foundation is a welcome development which is worthy of emulation by other wealthy individuals and groups, towards reducing the burden of the less privileged and give them more sense of belonging in the society”. He said.

In a goodwill message, the Bishop of the Anglican communion, Kwoi Diocese, Paul Samuel Zamani, said, “health is wealth”, and described the registration of less privileged into the health insurance scheme by Caleb Danladi foundation as a welcome development.

“It’s a welcome development that would give the beneficiaries more sense of belonging and I want to commend the founder, Caleb Danladi Bako for having the less privileged at heart for the health insurance scheme”. He said.

Earlier, Caleb Danladi Bako visited the royal father of the area, KPOK HAM, Mallam Danladi Gyet Maude in his palace to seek for royal blessing.

He told the Royal Father that the Foundation has enrolled hundreds of children for WAEC and JAMB to enable them further their education, while arrangement have been concluded to train women on various skills acquisition.

Responding, the Royal Father noted that the introduction of the health insurance scheme by the kaduna state government has reduced the hardship faced by the less privileged and other vulnerable people in terms of seeking for medical attention and assistance.

The Royal Father commended the state government and other development partners particularly, Caleb Danladi Foundation for putting their resources on the development of kaduna State which he said was yielding positive impacts.

Meanwhile, some of the beneficiaries interviewed by newsmen thanked the Foundation for coming to their aid in that direction and prayed to God to reward the initiator of the programme.