The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in collaboration with Health Policy Plus, an (NGO), on Wednesday sensitised residents of Bwari Area Council on how to enrol for free medical care.
Mr Peter Osagie, Leader, Health Policy Plus, told the Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of a town hall meeting of health stakeholders in Abuja that the enrolment of the healthcare had commenced.
According to him, Health Policy Plus is supporting the FCTA in key healthcare, one of which is the roll out of basic healthcare funds.
He said that the meeting was organised to enlighten the public on what has been provided, how to get involved and participate in accessing the free service.
The service, Osagie explained, was for all Nigerians but targets mostly the vulnerable, pregnant women, children under the ages of five and old people who are 85 years old and above.
Osagie said that the services would be provided in one selected Primary Health Centre each, of the 62 Wards of the six area councils in the FCT.
He said: “The pregnant women will enjoy free ante-natal service, delivery service including Caesarean Section (CS) where necessary and postnatal services.
“Also, children under-5 years old will be treated of dysentery, diarrhoea, pneumonia, malaria and other non-communicable diseases.
“This will reduce mother and child mortality rate in the country. Also, adults can access free screening for hypertension, diabetes and treatment of malaria, irrespective of age.
“We may not have all the diseases covered but the major ones will be addressed for now and with more funds, more diseases such as cancer may be included in the service,” he said.
Osagie said that enrolment for the service was the only way one could benefit, while urging all to locate the designated facility in their wards to ensure they were enrolled.
He added that beneficiaries would need a passport photograph and a valid identification card like the voter’s card to enrol.
Another card, he said, with a unique identification number would be provided for the benefactor to access the free service at all times.
Osagie encouraged community and religious leaders, market associations and youths in the area to transmit the information to all and sundry so that all could benefit from the government provisions.
“All hands must be on deck as everybody must play their roles effectively, so that we can have an effective health system.
“If the people know their rights and how they can exercise it, they will be able to hold the health providers responsible over the Federal Government’s provisions.
“They can also give feedback on their challenges so that at the end, we have a working health system.”
Earlier, Mr Sunday Goji, Head of Department of Health in the council, said that the service was provided to address the health challenges in the council as it affects the less privileged.
He said that it would help those who could not access medical needs due to financial and economic challenges.
He urged the participants to ensure that they take the information to the grassroots so that all could participate and enjoy the intervention.
NAN reports that the programme was organised by the FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat in collaboration with Health Policy Plus.
NAN also reports that various stakeholders from all fields were represented at the meeting.