The Chief of Health & Nutrition at UNICEF Ghana’s Country Office, Dr. Mrunal Shetye, and a team visited the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to discuss issues bordering on strengthening the health system in Ghana.
In receiving them, the NHIA Boss Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye expressed gratitude for the work UNICEF has been doing in the area of strengthening quality of care in Ghana, from their involvement with developing monitoring tools for credentialing to significantly contributing to the development of the Essential Health Service package and their enormous response to Ghana’s post-covid-19 challenges.
Dr. Okoe Boye expressed his desire to see UNICEF play an active role to get rid of children roaming the streets of Accra.
He suggested that sustainable programs could be employed to keep these children off the streets to better their lives. In a passionate tone, the CEO said, “please use your platforms and that of other developing partners to create awareness to address this menace”.
He also advised UNICEF and other development partners to take a keen interest in helping to improve the financial sustainability of the NHIS to make it more resilient in the future.
He confirmed stakeholders’ call to expand the NHIS benefit package and medicines list but cautioned that this must be done in a sustainable way in order not to threaten the survival of the Scheme. Inclusions onto the list must be actuarially determined and driven by data to ensure that it is beneficial to all stakeholders.
Mrs. Vivian Addo-Cobbiah, Deputy Chief, Operations (NHIA) also applauded UNICEF for their support and re-iterated NHIA’s commitment to continue working with development partners to improve the quality of care in the health delivery system.
Dr. Shetye welcomed the remarks and offered to support the NHIA to develop tools to leverage data to enable the Scheme to advocate for more funding to remain sustainable.
Also in attendance were Mr. Ben Kusi, Director of Membership and Regional Operations, and Mr. Oswald Essuah-Mensah, head of the Corporate Affairs Directorate.