09.03.2005 General News

It's too slow, minister regret pace of NHIS

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Mr Kofi Dzamesi, minister of the Volta Region, has expressed dissatisfaction at the slow pace of the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the region.

Expressing the concern at the annual performance review conference of the Volta Regional Health Directorate in Ho yesterday, the minister said the slow pace of implementation could deny the poor and vulnerable financial access to health care, although they were the main targets of the scheme.

Mr Dzamesi charged all stakeholders in health sector to implement whatever decisions were taken during previous consultations in order to quicken the pace of the implementation of the scheme.

The regional minister also said that despite the enormous resources allocated by the Government to combat or control diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and guinea worm, health indicators still showed that the prevalence rate of those diseases was still high.

The situation, he said, gave cause to worry and urged health professionals to develop and adopt effective and workable strategies to tackle those problems so as to give some relief to the people.

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