From Samuel Mensah Torbizo Kumasi
Contrary to speculations that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), is on the verge of collapsing, the Ashanti Regional Manager of the scheme ,Mr. Bawa Nurudeen, has stressed that the national health policy was rather making significant impacts on the service delivery in the Region and the country as a whole.
He revealed that statistics available suggest that for the past two weeks over 50,000 subscribers to the scheme renewed their membership cards, while more than 80,000 people enrolled on it as first timers, and 40,000 cards were distributed to qualified clients to access health care services across the country.
He explained, with these encouraging figures all pointed to the fact that it was a mere rumors being peddled round by some persons in order to paint a glooming picture of the scheme.
Mr Nurudeen spoke to The Herald after he led staff members and some district and municipal officers of the scheme to embark on a float through some principal streets of Kumasi.
The over four hours walk, according to Mr. Nurudeen, was aimed at driving home the message about the functionality of the scheme.
“In many instances we have been hearing from some people propagating falsehood that the NHIS is collapsing or has collapsed ,we, therefore, thought it very prudent to use the float as part of activities commemorating the 10th anniversary of the scheme to create awareness about the existence of the health policy,” he added.
He emphasized that “We embarked on this float to put to rest the issues whether the NHIS is still operational or not”.
Mr. Nurudeen disclosed to the paper that currently a number of staff from Ashanti were attending orientation workshop in Accra on the process of conducting claims for the Kumasi centre.
He appealed to everybody, in particular the media to lead a crusade to educate Ghanaians to join the scheme, because it is the best means to guarantee them quality health care .
“Everybody in the society must appreciate the fact that NHIS is the spring board to guarantee quality health delivery for all, ’’ he said.
He called on the staff of the scheme at Sub metro ,district , municipal and Regional levels to interact with their clients and other stakeholders regularly in order to make them aware of the scheme.
“Always try your best to create good customer relation with your clients as a way of ensuring that they spread goodness about the scheme,’’ he appealed.