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Tamale Assembly Promotes Health Insurance Scheme

2006-03-10 12:13:58
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THE Tamale Metropolitan Assembly has released ¢600 million for the construction of an office complex for the metropolitan mutual health insurance scheme.

The assembly has also provided computers and accessories and additional funds to facilitate the work of the scheme managers.

Alhaji Adam Iddirisu, acting Metropolitan Chief Executive, said the move was part of efforts by the assembly to ensure the smooth implementation of the health insurance scheme in the metropolis

He was speaking at the official signing of a contract agreement between the Tamale Teaching Hospital and the Tamale Metropolitan Mutual Health Insurance Scheme here yesterday.

The scheme have already signed similar contracts with 12 public health facilities and five pharmacies to provide services for the scheme’s premium holders.

Alhaji Iddirisu said that some people found it very difficult to meet their medical bills due to poverty.

The assembly, he said, was therefore determined to make the scheme work to ensure that everyone has access to good health care irrespective of a person’s financial status.

But this meant that everybody must register with the scheme to make them eligible to access its services, he stressed.

Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Mohammed Amin Adam, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, said that the government was committed to improving health care through the NHIS which is "a more humane health financing strategy that would bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.

He said the establishment of the NHIS, was a concrete measure to prove government’s commitment to promoting quality health care delivery in the country.

Mr Amin urged all stakeholders, particularly health care providers to work hard to sustain the scheme.

The scheme manager, Hudu Alhassan, commended the assembly for supporting the scheme to play its role effectively.

A total of 97,153 people have so far registered under the scheme in the metropolis.

source: Times

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