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The Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu in delivering the mandate of the launch emphasized on the importance of quality and affordable healthcare as a required basis for a healthy life and a stronger economy without barriers to healthcare.  In his words,’’ Universal Health Coverage is a strategy to ensure that all essential health services like HIV, new born and child health, mental health, malaria, access to safe, quality essential medicines and vaccines are available to all’’.


He pointed out that the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG) is in danger without the Universal Health Coverage. According to the Minister, the healthcare sector in Ghana has seen improvement for the past 2 years although there are still challenges to UHC courtesy of the challenges facing the NHIS. The pro poor policy is faced with the challenge of the inability of individuals to afford the registration fees, the challenge of fixed flat rates for premiums without taking into consideration low income earning individuals. He hinted on the possibility of a tax increment to assist the NHIS in delivering on its mandate and the revamping of health systems in the country.


Mr. Kofi Benni, the Deputy Director, HR for the Ministry of Information in his welcome address congratulated and commended the WHO represented by Dr. Owen Kaluwa, the country representative on their 70th anniversary and for setting aside the 7th of April every year as a day to reflect on health world over.


The WHO country representative highlighted the achievements of the World Health Day on diseases like Malaria and HIV/ AIDS and linked them to the sustainable goals. In his speech, he pointed to distribution of mosquito nets made by the WHO to curb malaria and the ability of HIV/AIDS patients to have access to their medications. He advised WHO member states to strengthen their healthcare sectors in order to achieve the UHC mandate of health for all. He finally encouraged individuals to adhere to the instructions given by the healthcare givers as a role they are to take in ensuring health for everyone which is a collective responsibility.


Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu in his closing remarks educated all stakeholders on the roles they had to play in the achievement of the UHC by advising them against poor sanitary habits, adopting hand washing routines; a habit that if cultivated can go a long way in preventing more than 90% of communicable diseases, and desist from defecating on the beaches and surroundings. He declared the World Health Day duly launched with these last words,’’ Universal Health Coverage is a huge task, the journey is long but we will get there’’.


The Deputy Chief Executive, Operations of the NHIA, Dr. Baaba Selby also advised members of the NHIS to insist on their rights and ask for a prescription or referral note as the case may be when a facility cannot provide a needed service. She gave this advice at the launch of the 2018 World Health Day themed ‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’ organized by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ghana Health Service and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the conference room of the Ministry of Information on the 11th of April 2018 in the company of Mrs. Yaa Pokua Baiden, the Deputy Chief Executive, Admin/HR and other staff from various directorates.


In responding to a question concerning the NHIS medicines list during the media interaction, Dr. Baaba Selby,  gave out the options available for subscribers to check the full medicines list; the NHIA website and the newly introduced short code,*842*10#.Throwing more light on the recent innovations of the NHIS, the Deputy Chief Executive, Operations made known to the gathering that the NHIS will going forward, engage more with its members by calling to verify their attendance to providers and compare the information received with claims invoices sent in by the facilities.

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