The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Tatale/Sanguli, in the Northern Region, Hon Simon Acheampong Tampi, has dragged the Minister for Health to parliament to explain why for the National Health Insurance SchemeN.H.I.S) office in Zabzugu District, which is serving the two districts of Zabzugu and Tatale/Sanguli, is not registering new entrants of the Scheme.
According to the MP, for the past six months, the Scheme has stopped registering new applicants in the Constituency, thereby making healthcare services more inaccessible to the poor.
For fear of the constituents been denied access to good healthcare, Hon Tampi dragged the minister for Health to parliament to explain as to why the NHIS suspended new registration of citizens onto the scheme, a pro-poor policy programme in the Tatale/Sanguli area.
“Mr Speaker, I want to ask the Minister for Health why the N.H.I.S. Office in Zabzugu District, which is serving the two districts of Zabzugu and Tatale/Sanguli, is not registering new entrants of the Scheme for the past four (4) months?, he asked.
In response, the Minister of Health, Kweku Agyemang-Manu said, the registration was down in June and August due to shortages of consumables.
According to him, the National Health Insurance Authority had hoped to ride on the back of the National Identification Authority (NIA) card and reduce its expenditure on consumables.
Mr Agyemang-Manu explained that, the NHIS later on realized that the shortages of the membership card were affecting its operations and quickly made a procurement to fill in the gap.
Currently, he said, “the NHIS registrations are comprised of 80% renewals and 20% new registrations on average. We have an active membership of 10.45 million. ”
He added that, with the launch of the new mobile money renewal innovation, it is expected the Scheme would receive a considerably boost of numbers as the offices would be de-congested.
The Minister assured that, the NHIS has since received new entrances and registered members for the past four month and urged residents in the enclave to visit the office for renewal and registrations.
But Hon Tampi said, though he was satisfied with the answers, the delay in issuing new cards to residents who applied affect the opportunity to access healthcare and urged that the NHIS open a new office in the constituency.
Source: therepublicnewstherepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba