The NHIA in the Sissala East District has held it’s 2017 14th annual performance review to assess its performance in the period under review and find the way forward to addressing the challenges hindering smooth implementation of its activities.
In a welcome address by the District Manager of the authority Mr. Abubakari Suleman expressed that the year was challenging, however there have been able to go beyond their membership target to achieve 37, 692 representing 57.54% of the district population. Active membership distribution of the various categories of membership have children under 18 year’s being the majority with 47.68 percent followed by the informal sector that stood at 30.62 percent and SSNIT pensioneers 0.11 percent.
Meanwhile, they have exceeded their premium target, increased membership of leap beneficiaries, Indigents and other vulnerable groups to 76 percent. 14, 639 primary, JHS and SHS children were enrolled onto NHIS. The manager outlined that the authority has put number of strategies to address the low membership coverage that includes setting up of functional satellite zones in Sakai, Welembelle, Nabulo and Kunchogu where BMS cards are printed and issued to clients as well as sensitization of community members on the need for early renewal of membership.
Mr. Suleman also disclosed that human resource deficit, indebtedness provider shopping and impersonation are the authority’s challenges. He said they lack claims officer, data entry clerks and clients accountants. He therefore called for stakeholder collaboration to help address most of the challenges to enable them increase coverage and as well as support quality health care delivery in the district.