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NHIS Special Registration yields positive results |11/11/2019

Hundreds of Civil Servants have freshly registered to benefit from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Ministers, Chief Directors, Staff of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and the general public took part in the NHIS Special Registration exercises during the Civil Service Weeklong celebrations. As a strategic partner supporting the Anniversary, NHIS officials in the Greater Accra Region attended to them within the Ministries enclave. 

Several NHIS outposts were spotted at the National Theatre, Tema Station, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior, Office of the Head of Civil Service and CLOGSAG mini market near the Works and Housing Ministry. In the end, the data gathered proved the Special Registration exercise to be one of the best ways to rake in new members. 

 

The NHIS Manager for Ashiedu Keteke district, Mr. Christian Asante in an interview described the collaboration as very impressive and encouraging for their operations  He said, his team would return to the Tema Station to mop up following the willingness of people to register, renew and replace their cards. A team from the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) led by a Deputy Director Marketing, Mr. Oswald Essuah-Mensah monitored and supervised the weeklong Special Registration exercise. “Bringing NHIS registration to the doorstep of Civil Servants provides a great opportunity to relieve the pressure on the workers who would have had to trek long distances to NHIS offices.

 

NHIS is focused on achieving Universal Health Coverage hence we encourage everyone within this enclave to take advantage of this special exercise to get enrolled onto the Scheme,” Mr. Essuah - Mensah remarked.   Special Registration sustainabilityThe general public especially the newly registered NHIS members are clamoring for continuance of the ongoing Special Registration workout. 

 

According to them, most civil servants are willing to register but their busy schedules and the location of NHIS district offices often discourage them. For instance, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morison after registration posited that, “Being a member of the NHIS is a civic responsibility for which reason all Ghanaian residents should endeavor to register onto the Scheme.” Likewise, a considerable number of Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) and Board Chairpersons of state owned institutions have also recently registered onto the Scheme. 

 

This took place at the Annual Retreat for CEOs and Board Chairpersons of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) held at Mankessim in the Central Region. The NHIA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Lydia Baaba Dsane-Selby and her Deputies as well as the Authority’s Board Chair, Prof. Yaw Adu-Gyamfi were present. Equally, management and staff of 21 media houses in the Greater Accra Region have so far been covered. The ongoing Special Registration exercise forms part of the NHIA’s ambitious agenda to boost its membership drive. 

 

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah   


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