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It was jubilations for the Karamajiji disable colony and Nigeria for funds received for the project of eradicating diseases in the nation.

Today, the government of Slovak Republic through its embassy in Nigeria has funded the Social Health Insurance Scheme for the Karamajiji disabled colony located in the urban city of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria.

It was stated that the Embassy was committing N8million to the health project of the host beneficiaries community, including N1.8million health insurance premium scheme for one year for over 1,000 people with disability in the Leper community.

At the occasion, it was further reviewed by the Ambassador Peter Holásek of the Slovak Republic to Nigeria during the inauguration of the CBSHIP facilitated by a non-governmental organisation, Bell Echo Initiative, at the leper community.

Ambassador Peter Holásek further stated that the money would propel all the beneficiaries to have easy access to sound medical facilities and live healthier lives and that the gesture would further better the bilateral relationship that exist between his home country Slovakia Republic and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ambassador Peter Holásek also disclosed that “The project is important to the people who do not have access to health facilities, some of who may also be constrained by finance. We are committing N8m to the project”.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Abbey Bello, Director of Bell Echo Initiative, disclosed that the CBSHIP was gingered to address the various health challenges facing residents of Karamajiji colony in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria that many of whom had died due to their inability to access good medical treatment and facilities.

Mr. Abbey Bello, Director of Bell Echo Initiative disclosed that Bell Echo Initiative partnered with the Latinwa Foundation and the Slovak mission to assist the community with the health insurance scheme, in order to arrest the various communicable diseases plaguing the residents.

That a health centre had been set up in the community to attend to the needs of the residents, that Bell Echo Initiative had mapped out strategies to sustain the initiative by reaching out to philanthropists and international donors to raise funds for the programme.

It was further submitted at the close of the event by Ambassador Peter Holásek of the Slovak Republic to Nigeria that he chose to sponsor the health insurance for the community on account of the tradition of humanitarian cooperation between his country and Nigeria.