By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government has completed plans to launch an Insurance Policy that will cover every of its citizen, Commissioner for Health, Prof Andrew Nok, has said. Nok stated this during the Disaster Stakeholders Meeting organised by the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The meeting was an effort to spell out responsibilities to disaster stakeholders in case of any emergency, which was well attended by representatives from the state ministries of education, health, and environment. Others include: Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), The Nigerian Red Cross Society, the Army and the Nigerian Air force. Responding to a plea that government should help people with serious health challenges and incapable to fund their bills, Professor Andrew Nok said an insurance policy that will cover every individual in the state will soon be launched. “Once this is finalized, If you are sick, haven registered your house number, even if you are in a remote village, the government takes care of your treatment,” Nok said. “There are possible ways that every citizens can afford a small token and if you sell recharge cards, you should be able to remit N20 as assurance for your treatment,” Nok added. The professor of biochemistry said many people with ailments have turned it into business venture adding that the insurance policy will tackle that and provide health services to everyone in the state irrespective of where they comes from. “SEMA is well focus and with the agency’s determination, Kaduna State will move forward not only in tackling disaster, but in taking proper wellbeing of the citizenry,” Nok said. Earlier, SEMA’s Executive Secretary, Hon Ezekiel Baba- Karik who said the meeting will be a regular exercise, added that the responsibility of every stakeholder in tackling disaster will be properly spelt out in a contingency plan. “We will intensify the education of our people especially in both Public and Private Schools in the state. Seminars and workshops will also be organised, including simulation exercises,” Baba- Karik said. The stakeholders also fashioned out ways they will help the Kaduna State Government when it comes to waste disposal, building construction, water pollution and air pollution so as to stem the outbreak of disasters.