COVID-19 Fund: NHIA reacts to allegations of ‘misplaced priority’ after donating GHC250K

COVID-19 Fund: NHIA reacts to allegations of ‘misplaced priority’ after donating GHC250K

- NHIA has defended its GH₵ 250,000 donation to government to support the COVID-19 fight

- The NHIA said they don't channel all monies to payment of claims

- The Communications and Media Relations manager of the authority said the donation of the GHS 250,000 despite their indebtedness cannot stop payment of claims.

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The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has defended its GH₵ 250,000 donation to government to support the COVID-19 fight.

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.

This donation by the NHIA raised questionable eyebrows among the public especially among health service providers and a section of the public who believed the authority’s gesture was a misplaced priority.

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However, in an interview on Citi FM, the Communications and Media Relations manager of the NHIA, Barima Sarpong said they don't channel all monies to payment of claims

According to Barima it doesn’t work that way.

"If we entertain this, very soon, we are going to ask why we are paying salaries when we haven’t paid claims… We have been paying claims and we haven’t stopped, so this GHS 250,000 cannot stop our payment of claims”.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in March 2020 announced the establishment of the national COVID-19 fund to solicit shelp fight the COVID-19.

He however, donated his three months as seed money for the fund.

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YEN.com.gh 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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