NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE AUTHORITY (NHIA) CHIEF EXECUTIVE TOURS BONO REGION
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Chief Executive, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye on Monday June 12, 2023, embarked on a four-day working visit to the three Bono Regions.
His visit to the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions was a continuation of the nationwide tour which offered him the opportunity to inaugurate new district offices of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), inspected ongoing projects and distributed new operational vehicles.
At Dormaa Ahenkro where he paid a courtesy call on the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, Dr Okoe Boye described the NHIS as one of the most impactful social interventions ever to have been introduced in the country.
He emphasised the importance of the NHIS in the country’s health care delivery and encouraged any Ghanaian who has still not joined the scheme to do so.
According to him, the scheme, on the average, pays about GHC150 million in claims every month to health facilities across Ghana, adding that this amount has increased by close to 50% due to inflationary pressures.
In the Bono Region, Dr. Okoe Boye paid a courtesy call on the Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene.
The Regional Minister showed appreciation for the visit and reassured her administration’s commitment to supporting the NHIS regional and district management teams to increase the Scheme’s active membership.
She thanked the NHIA Chief Executive for providing the region with two new vehicles, constructed two new offices and called for an extension of NHIS services to the people of Banda.
Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene proposed the inclusion of ‘Eye and cancer’ treatment to the NHIS Benefit Package.
“Eye and cancer are the commonest aliments most people of Bono are suffering from and these have a toll on people’s finances and those who can’t pay for healthcare die as a result of lack of resources.”
Dr. Okoe Boye thanked the regional minister for the warm reception and assured her that the people of Banda will be catered for in due course.
“The reason for the visit is to touch base with the NHIA staff, get first-hand information about their needs and also to encourage them to work hard so more people can have access to healthcare towards us achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by the year 2030.”
He explained the ‘Sunshine policy’ which was introduced to deepen accountability, transparency, and social auditing of the Scheme’s operations.
The NHIA Chief Executive was accompanied by his Executive Assistant, Mr. Gabriel Osei, the Ag. Director of Admin/Human Resources, Mr. Raymond Avinu , Ag. Director of Procurement, Mr. Frank Yeboah, Ag. Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Vida Adutwumwaa Boateng and some staff from the NHIA head office.