The Upper West Regional Office of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has outlined a number of key priority interventions and activities for 2019.
The Regional Director of NHIA, Abass Suleymana who announced this at the 2018 annual performance review meeting and media briefing in Wa indicated that the interventions and activities are aimed at sustaining as well as improving on the gains made in 2018.
Mr. Suleymana said the moves to up the game of NHIS in Upper West in service delivery include stepping up education and sensitization on the provider sites, verification of claims at provider sites, increasing coverage of the population in the region, especially the poor and vulnerable.
The Regional Director of NHIS/NHIA, told the meeting that in spite of some challenges, the Upper West scheme was able to cover or enroll 54% of the population as at 31st December, 2018.
The number of active members in the region grew by 15.5%, from 391 thousand and 68 in 2017 to 451 thousand and 800 in 2018.
Mr. Suleymana emphasized that 70 thousand and 358 indigents were registered unto the scheme in Upper West in 2018.
He was equally happy about the marginal gains made in revenue mobilization in the form of premium and processing fees collections, saying the gains for 2018 grew by 8.1% whilst that of 2017 went up by 13.7%.
In 2018, the Scheme/Authority in undertook monitoring and support visits to 145 service provider sites and also held community durbars across the region to sensitize members on its new policy initiatives, programs and activities.
Mr. Suleymana also dilated on the mobile renewal service; non-biometric authentication systems; and the electronic receipting and payment and their associated benefits.
The meeting which was themed: Achieving Universal Health Coverage through Technology and Innovations was used to introduce some newly recruited staff of the Scheme/Authority.
Story by Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo