PSGH Visits NHIA, Proposes Enhanced Collaboration to Improve Healthcare Delivery | 6/11/2024

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) led by its President Dr. Samuel Kow Donkoh and other officials paid a visit to the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) at its head office in Accra on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. The purpose of the visit was to congratulate Dr. Da-Costa Aboagye on his new appointment as CEO and to present several suggestions aimed at strengthening the partnership between the NHIA and PSGH.

During the meeting, PSGH emphasized the importance of not leaving pharmacies, dispensaries, or healthcare facilities solely to the Nursing Care Assistance (NCAs), stressing that the increasing number of community pharmacies (CPs) linked to the NHIA would make it easier for people in communities to access these pharmacies and engage with pharmacists for better health outcomes.

Dr. Da-Costa Aboagye highlighted the role of the E-Pharmacy system as a solution to track the performance of these pharmacies. This initiative is expected to enhance the efficiency and accountability of community pharmacies within the NHIS framework. PSGH also suggested engaging clinicians from hospitals to collaborate with community pharmacies (CPs) in providing preventive counseling, health checks, and raising health awareness within communities. This approach aims to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and other health issues through early intervention and education.

Dr. Aboagye responded by outlining the government's comprehensive plan to be responsive to the healthcare needs of the population , which includes covering not only dialysis but also other chronic diseases. He explained that the Promotive Preventive Healthcare initiative is designed to ensure that people benefit fully from the health  levies they pay for. This initiative is expected to increase NHIS membership and improve the overall life expectancy rate in the country.

The delegation from PSGH assured Dr. Aboagye of their readiness to support him in advocacy efforts. They also expressed their appreciation for the critical role that pharmacists within the NHIA are playing in improving healthcare delivery.