Plateau offers free health insurance to journalists

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Dr. Fabong Jemchang, DG PLASCHEMA

Officials in Plateau State have added journalists as beneficiaries of the federal government’s Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).

The BHCPF is financed by at least 1% of the federal government, and supported by the State.

The law establishing the program lists primary beneficiaries as “the poor of the poorest and the vulnerable people” according to a newsletter released by the State implementing agency – Plateau State Contributory Health Insurance Management Agency (PLASCHEMA).

The State considers journalists to be among vulnerable groups given the risks they are exposed to in the cause of their jobs, Dr. Fabong Jemchang, the Director General of PLASCHEMA said.

“Journalists face enormous health hazards in the cause of their jobs which are very important in societal development,” Jemchang said in an interview.

“Yet, they are often underappreciated,” he said, “that is why we considered giving them some form of health care incentive to give them some protection.”

The Agency according to Jemchang is taking responsibility for the sponsorship of journalists enrolled under the scheme.

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