Plateau health agency deny exposing beneficiaries

From Teryima Ajijah, Jos

The Director General, Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (PLASCHEMA), Dr Fabong Jemchang has debunked claims by a publication allegedly accusing the agency of exposing personal information of 37,000 members of its contributors on its portal.

Dr Jemchang, cleared the air on the said allegations in a press release issued in Jos, on Saturday.

According to the one page press text, the said allegations by the online medium were false and unfounded.

The release read in part: “Sequel to recent reports that emerged on some online platforms on 20th July 2022 alleging data breach of beneficiaries of Plateau State Social Health Insurance Scheme, the Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (PLASCHEMA) hereby categorically states that the data of all our beneficiaries are secure and intact.

“It is important to point out that the claim by Website Planet to have discovered beneficiaries’ information in the open during their web mapping project does not hold. PLASCHEMA places a very high premium on the Data of our beneficiaries. We do not for any reason condone unwarranted access to the personal data of beneficiaries. We shall not rest until we unravel any malicious third party that is attempting to undo PLASCHEMA.

“We want to seize this opportunity to express our gratitude to Daser David, DG of Plateau State ICT Development Agency (PICTDA) whose team has worked with us from our inception to ensure our systems are properly set up and our technology operations are secure, end-to-end.

“We wish to enjoin all residents of Plateau State to key into the State Social Health Insurance Scheme that eliminates catastrophic out of pocket spending. At PLASCHEMA, our goal is to ensure that no one is left behind.”

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