NHIA to register 17 million subscribers by end of 2016

NHIA to register 17 million subscribers by end of 2016

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has projected it will register 17 million subscribers onto the scheme by end of 2016.

According to a statement signed by the Communications manager of the NHIA, Serlom Adonoo the scheme hopes to increase its coverage across the country.

"It is worth noting that by the end of 2016, the NHIA now expects the number of cards issued since the start of its instant biometric cards in 2014 to stand at 17 million,” the statement noted.

He stated that for this new target to be reached successfully, a lot of activities including registration of school feeding program children and other vulnerable populations and many outreach endeavours are being undertaken.

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The NHIA also revealed that due to the massive registration across the country, the authority has run out of stock of ribbons for close to a week now and this has slowed down registration.

"To address this occurrence, the authority will take delivery of ribbons to augment  the stock. Plans have been completed for a continual supply,” the statement added.

The NHIA as at June 2016 has registered almost 4.3 million new subscribers. This means the NHIA must make available enough ribbons for the rest of the year.

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