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Hospital Staff Accused Of Sabotaging NHIS


2006-10-17 21:27:34
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Some members of the District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme in the Nanumba District of the Northern Region have accused the medical staff of the district hospital at Bimbilla of sabotaging the scheme.

They said any time they visit the hospital they are maltreated by some of the nurses who shout at them unnecessarily when they present their ID cards.

A client, Sayibu Imoro, complained that the doctors prescribe drugs for patients to go and buy on the open market.

"The pharmacists will always say ‘no drugs, go and buy’ and this is worrying because it is expensive to buy drugs from the open market," he told the Times.

Mr Imoro said the staff’s attitude compelled him and some others who had suffered a similar fate to report the matter to the District Chief Executive, Saeed Salifu, but the situation has not changed.

Another client, Mr Abukari Issah, said patients with NHIS ID cards are asked to wait for long periods without explanation.

The DCE confirmed receiving such complaints from many others, Therefore, he said, he invited the nurses to a meeting and advised them to desist from such behaviour.

However, Mr. Saeed said, recent reports indicate that the nurses are still unfriendly towards NHIS members.
As a result of this, Mr. Saeed said he formally wrote to the hospital authorities registering his displeasure with the negative reports,"but the response I got from the hospital was so bad that I had to report it to the Regional Director of Health Services who assured me that he will take the matter up."

When Times contacted the Regional Health Director Dr. Elias Sory, he said he had received complaints from various district scheme managers and DCEs.

He, however, denied the charge of sabotage of the scheme by the medical staff and attributed the delays in attending to patients registered with the scheme to administrative procedures.

Dr. Sory said following these complaints, he has scheduled a meeting on October 24 with district health staff and the district scheme managers to find out how to address the issue for the smooth implementation of the scheme.

He therefore appealed to all patients to bear with the nurses until a lasting solution is found.

The Nanumba district mutual health insurance scheme had a membership of 18,700 as at September.

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