COVID-19 fund: NHIS donation is a misplaced priority – Health-based NGOs

COVID-19 fund: NHIS donation is a misplaced priority – Health-based NGOs

- Coalition of NGO's in health has criticised the NHIS for deciding to donate to the COVID-19 fund

- The NHIS presented a cheque donation of GH₵250,000 to support government

- The donation came at a time the scheme owed NHIS service providers over 10 months arrears

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The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations in health has chided the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for deciding to donate to the COVID-19 fund.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the NHIS, led by its Chief Executive Officer presented a cheque donation of GH₵250,000 to support the government’s COVID-19 fight.

Speaking in an interview on Starr FM, Chairman of the NGOs in health, Dr Gabriel Benarkuu, said considering the fact that the scheme owed health service providers over 10 months arrears, it was not prudent.

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Dr Benarkuu said the public was already supporting the fund hence the donation is a misplaced priority.

He added that it can be excused if only the scheme can explain where exactly they got the money which may probably not be part of the NHIS budgetary allocation.

According to Dr. Benarkuu, the scheme must as a matter of urgency, pay service providers what is due them in order for them to provide quality health services.

“What the NHIS needs to be doing is to support the service providers to offer quality services by paying the service providers. That’s where their mandate is. There’s no justification that the NHIS can use because they just want to show off,” he said.

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In other news, actor and aspiring member of parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, John Dumelo has, as part of measures to give relief to people in his constituency, instituted some initiatives.

This initiatives according to him, is to help the small scale businessmen and women in the Ayawaso West constituency.

He stated that as a farmer, he knows what it is like to experience low income and as such he has decided to give GHc 200,000 emergency loans with zero interest rates to small businesses across his constituency.

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