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WHO and NHIA discuss TB treatment in Ghana |11/22/2019

Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) have met with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in Accra to discuss issues pertaining to the treatment and care of Tuberculosis (TB) patients’ in the country. The meeting focused on the National Tuberculosis Health Sector Strategic Plan for Ghana from 2015 to 2020 with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as the leading vehicle to its attainment. The WHO team sought clarifications on Tuberculosis (TB) patients’ access to health care from the NHIA’s credentialed service providers.

 

The Deputy Chief Executive of the NHIA in charge of Operations, Mrs. Vivian Addo-Cobbiah, stated that NHIS registers TB patients across the country. She added that 10% of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) goes to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to facilitate access to health care services to the general public while a portion of that fund is used for the counterpart funding of TB care in the country. “Additionally, the NHIS pays directly for the treatment of opportunistic infections that affect TB patients,” she added. Collectively, the stakeholders agreed to move out of the box to end the TB epidemic post the 2015 TB Control Strategy for which reason a multifaceted approach is required.

 

Dr. Christian Gunneberg, TBTEAM Secretariat, Technical Support Coordination (TSC) of the Global TB Programme (GTB) led the WHO delegation while Deputy Chief Executive, Operations, Mrs. Vivian Addo-Cobbiah and Deputy Chief Executive, Admin/Human Resources, Mrs. Yaa Pokuaa Baiden and other unit heads represented the NHIA.

 

WHO Interventions

Despite available interventions initiated by the WHO and some countries, the disease remains a key public health problem. The rate of TB infection and its associated burden is unevenly distributed across the globe with greater severity in low-to-middle income countries. 

 

NHIS Contributions to MDGs

The NHIS has contributed to Ghana's progress towards a number of MDGs such as poverty and hunger, child mortality, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB by providing financial access to healthcare. The NHIS exempts the following groups from paying premiums - persons under 18 years; persons 70 years and above; the indigent, SSNIT pensioners and expectant mothers.

 

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/ NHIA Communication team


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