38 Thousand Given NHIS Cards
2007-07-06 22:56:05This article has been read 752 times.Thirty eight thousand, five hundred and eighty-five (38,585) persons in the Kassena Nankana District have been issued with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) identification cards (ID) and are currently accessing health care. This number is out of 44,386 registered persons in the district.
Speaking to ghanadistricts, the Planning Officer, Mr Collins Ohene Gyan indicated that during the first quarter of this year 6252 persons registered for the scheme, out of which 5252 have been issued with ID cards.
He noted that the district has a number of health facilities where beneficiaries of the scheme patronise.
The health facilities include one district hospital, War Memorial Hospital at Navrongo and five health centres including Chiana Health Centre, Paga Health Centre and Kologo Health Centre.
Others are Kassena Nankana Health Centre and Navrongo Health Centre.
Mr Ohene Gyan said there were other referral areas where patients are referred.
These include Upper East Regional Hospital, Saint Jospeh Hospital in Koforidua which is for specialised cases, Bartor Hospital in the Volta Region, Holy Family Hospital in Techiman, Duah Nkwanta Hospital and Komfo Anokye Hospital.
According to him clients in the district can also access health care from the other district hospitals in the region.
He also said there are other health providers such as pharmaceuticals and drug stores accredited to provide services to the clients.
He indicated that although a number of people have registered with the scheme, there were some constituents who were still sitting on the fence.
He attributed this attitude to the fact that people have politicised the scheme.
In order to avert this situation, education has been intensified in the district and Members of Parliament in the opposition party have been involved in the educational campaign.
The Planning Officer indicated that although the scheme was faced with the problem of logistics, the National Health Insurance Council (NHIC) was trying to beef up resources to help sustain the scheme.
To this end, the NHIC has provided a pick-up vehicle which will aid in the district’s outreach programmes.
Mr Ohene Gyan said there was however the need for more motor bicycles for the outreach programmes.
Also, the district office of the NHIS has written to some donor agencies to come to its aid.
As a result, DANIDA has responded and donated some bicycles to help with the problem of transportation.
To address the issue of inadequate staff, the district assembly has also employed two additional staff who are being paid from the districts local resources.
Among the challenges the scheme faces is the attitude of service providers.
According to the Planning Officer the negative attitude of the service providers towards the client, discourages them from renewing their cards.
He also said that moral hazards also posed as a challenge to the scheme.
He explained that registered clients who are not sick sometimes visited the hospital and took drugs on behalf of their sick relatives.
More worrying he said, are people who report to the clinic and exaggerate their illnesses and are therefore given drugs which they do not need.