As part of efforts to rid the office of overcrowding and to improve on on its service delivery, the Ahantaman District Office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)has received an ultra-modern clients waiting shed.
The Shed which was constructed and furnished with chairs and a Samsung 49 inch flat screen television set to entertain and provide comfort for clients, while waiting for their turn to go through the registration process, was funded by Mr Ebenezer Kojo Kum, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ahanta West Constituency.
Speaking at a short ceremony to commission the facility, Mr Kum noted that clients usually sat under the glares of the scorching sun, which was worrying and for that matter, upon a proposal received from the Office of the NHIS concerning a new facility, he decided to honour it.
He called on the residents not to take the COVID-19 safety protocols for granted and do all in their interest to observe them adding," Preservation is the first law of life".
He enumerated the various projects and social intervention programmes implemented by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led government and asked them to vote massively for him and President Akufo-Addo to give "four more years for Nana" come December 7,elections.
Mr Reinfred Okyere, Western Regional Director of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) explained that the health insurance was set up to allow Ghanaians to make contributions into a fund so that in the event of illness, members could be supported by the fund to receive affordable health care.
He noted that for the system to function well, the government decided to support the District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme concept to ensure that opportunity was provided for all Ghanaian citizens to have equal access to the functional structures of health insurance.
He said a sustainable health insurance option was made available to all Ghanaian citizens, while the quality of health care provision was not compromised under the Scheme in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)which ends by the year 2030.
He commended the Member of Parliament for the gesture and said it would bring financial relief to the Office since they were renting chairs and canopies to provide shelter for clients who called in for their service.
Mr Yeboah Maxwell, Municipal Scheme Manager said, there were challenges in the District Office when he took over, but with determination and hard work they were able to contain them.
He noted that some of the clients were coming from outside the Municipality like, Tarkwa and Mpohor to access the Scheme, a situation that placed pressure on the facility with frequent crowding.
He thanked the MP for the support and said it would bring a lot of relief to the Office and for that matter, he would make sure that it was put to good use and maintained to benefit posterity.