From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Com Health Foundation Ghana, a non-governmental health group, Mr. Eric Sarpong ,has observed that over politicization of issues relating to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), is a major setback to the efforts at making quality health care accessible to all, especially the vulnerable.
He noted that , the scheme has continuously been politicized to have been collapsed, therefore the poor whose interest was the principal idea behind the setting up of the scheme, are reluctant to enroll on it or renew their membership cards.
“Continuously, the NHIS has been politicized and this has created an impression in the minds of the under privilege, who should rather be the beneficial of the scheme on many instances drag their feet to register,” he stressed.
Mr. Sarpong , speaking to The Herald during a free registration exercise for over two hundred persons at Nkwantwima Clinic in the Suame Constituency identified that, the national health policy, was the best social intervention policy through which both the rich and poor, can enjoy quality health care, hence it is prudent for the people to erase from their minds the impression that the scheme has collapsed and enroll on it.
He emphasized that, though the scheme has its own challenges, these are not justifications to label it as a collapsed health policy.
“It is on record that the scheme is not without challenges, but it cannot outright be described as collapsed, in my candid opinion, there is the need for intensification of education to truncate over politicization of the scheme,” he remarked.
According to him, the health scheme is the affordable means for everyone to access health service, irrespective of the person’s geographical location.
Mr. Sarpong, implored the stake holders of the scheme, in particular, the state to square all the rough edges to make the system perfect to enhance quality health service.
He indicated that the foundation is committed to making health care delivery to the people accessible through its community outreach programmes.
The Assembly member for Bremang East Electoral Area, Mr. Joseph Sarfo, who was the brain behind the exercise, was grateful to the foundation for its humanitarian service.
He said, it only takes healthy people to contribute their quota to the socio – economic acceleration of the country, therefore they should make it their priority to join the scheme to guarantee their future health care.
Mr. Sarfo, also called on the community to adhere strictly to environmental cleanliness to avoid catching communicable diseases.