The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Kumbungu, Honorable Abdul Salam Hamza Abdul Fatawu, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr Bernard Okoe Boye have jointly commissioned an Ultra-modern National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) District Office.
The project, an initiative of the DCE was fully funded by the Government of Ghana (GOG), is aimed at reducing stressed from the residents of Kumbungu who travel several kilometers to be enrolled on to the scheme.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the DCE of Kumbungu, Abdul Salam Fatawu, indicated that the construction of the district NHIS office complex has been his major priority since he assumed office in 2017.
“When I assumed office as the district chief executive in 2017, the creation of the NHIS office was one of my major priority projects. This decision led management to capture it in the 2021 annual action plan and budget so that the Assembly could undertake such an important project”, he explained.
He said the construction of NHIS District office had become necessary since there was a population increase in the district which needed measures to be put in place to alleviate the suffering of the people.
He said, the establishment of the office within his district will ensured people will not travel several kilometers to other districts to be enrolled on to the scheme.
“With establishment of NHIS Office in Kumbung, challenges such as clients travelling to Tamale, or Tolon to register in order to get membership cards would now be a thing of the past. Cost of traveling to Tamale or Tolon is sometimes more than the premium charge, time and energy among others are all serious challenges been confronted by our people”, he added.
He thus commended the Chief Executive Officer of the NHIA, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye for ensuring the construction and completion of the facility.
On his part, the CEO of the NHIA, Dr Okoe Boye, said the people can now access the full services of the National Health Insurance Scheme with much stressed. He commended the DCE and all stakeholders in the district for working hard to get the office complex facility done.
He announced that as a result of the digitization agenda, beneficiaries will no longer be required to visit the district offices to renew their cards or register to be enrolled to the scheme or maybe would only visit the offices to do some enquiries.
Dr Okoe Boye said the “MyNHISApp” launched on Monday, December 5, by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, will now enable the people to register onto the health insurance policy.
Meanwhile, three NHIS Staff have been assigned to the newly constructed and furnished facility to manage the affairs of the newly office whilst efforts are made to recruit other workers to the place.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana.