NHIA urged to use resources judiciously

The Management of the National Insurance Authority (NHIA) have been urged to institute stringent measures to ensure the judicious use of resources meant for the administration of the scheme.

The Chief Executive Officer of Quality Group of Companies, Dr Francis Adam Asaana gave the advice at the 2018 Half–Year Health Sector Performance Review Conference held in Bolgatanga on Tuesday.

It had the theme, “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Maternal and Child Health –The Role of Technology”.

Dr Asaana cited instances where some officials, especially senior management members of the authority spent huge sums of money on travelling and the unregulated manner many of the Members of Parliament spent the NHIA Common Fund allocated to them.

Dr Asaana who is also an executive member of the Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana (HISPAG), said that monies should rather be used to procure drones to distribute medicines to the ten regions of Ghana and for the prompt re-imbursement of funds to service providers.

This, he explained would lead to efficient and effective means of service delivery at both the regional and national level.

He urged stakeholders to join forces in ensuring that the poor referral system in the region was reviewed to curb the high maternal and morbidity rates in the region.

The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services, Dr Winfred Ofosu, said the review aimed at addressing the major challenges confronting efficient health service delivery, including lack of transport, staff accommodation and inadequate service delivery space at some of the health facilities, limited financial resources and the slow pace of the re-imbursement of the National Health Insurance claims.

He appealed to stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders to continue to rally behind the Regional Health Directorate to implement its policies and programmes.

The Operations Manager of KOICA , Mr Abudulai Kassimu, explained that his outfit was supporting Ghana as part of the global and national efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality rates, and that it was in line with the SDGs and Ghana’s maternal and newborn care action plan.

The Operations Manager mentioned support in the areas of organising   training programmes for health workers, community health volunteers, provision of motorbikes and bicycles, wellington boots among others and indicated that KOICA would continue to offer more support to GHS.

The Acting Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, gave the assurance that the government was doing everything possible to help employ more health professionals, particularly doctors to the region.

From Samuel Akapule, Bolgatanga

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