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UER National Health Insurance Scheme distributes 32 motorbikes to 9 District Offices

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All nine District Offices of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the Upper East Region have been allocated three brand new motorbikes while the Regional office now has five motorbikes, to enable them get to the hard-to-reach communities in the Region.

The intervention follows the inability of staff to reach rural people with vehicles to boost population in terms of membership penetration due to the bad nature of the roads, hence management decision to procure 32 motorbikes.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the forecourt of the Regional Office, the Upper East Regional Director of the NHIA, Sebastian Alagpulinsa, was confident the motorbikes will help address the transportation challenges in the region.

He was, however, optimistic that, the intervention will go a long way to help the scheme achieve the over sixty percent target in terms of membership penetration. He intimated that despite the outbreak of COVID-19 this year, the scheme has attained fifty-two percent of population in terms of membership penetration through the mobile renewal as well as the LEAP intervention.

He advised that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected that all NHIS members take action to prevent further transmission, reduce the pandemic’s impact by frequently using the Mobile Renewal Service which serves as a social distancing mechanism via the shortcode *929#, adding that, the awards winning innovation allows NHIS members to sit in the comfort of their homes, offices, chop bars, markets, trotros, farms and renew their membership. The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) members’ practice of the Mobile Renewal Service has seen an improvement in light of the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available data demonstrate that the cumulative number of mobile renewals from January 2019 to May 2020 stood at 8,099,074. As at the end of May 2020, total number of mobile renewals was 445,563, an increase of 19.5% over 372,827 mobile renewals in April 2020. Except the Upper West Region, all regions recorded increases in mobile renewal enrolment between the months of April and May 2020.

Story filed by Emmanuel Akayeti.

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