Nkoranza (B/A), March 27, GNA - The Management of the Nkoranza District Health Insurance Scheme registered a total of 68,086 clients and realized 2,159,967,000 cedis as total premium by the end of December last year.
Mr Stephen Opoku-Brobbey, Manager of the Scheme announced this at the second annual general meeting of members at Nkoranza. He said the registration represented about 40 percent of the estimated population of the Nkoranza District of about 149,554. The Scheme, he said realised an income of 4,516,229,231 cedis and made expenditure of 2,722,476,875 cedis, realizing a surplus of 1,793,752 cedis within the period.
The Nkoranza Health Insurance Council offered 2.3 billion cedis to support the income realized from the clients' premium so as to give the Scheme a solid financial base and to enhance its growth. Mr Brobbey said the total out-patient department attendance for the year was 38,514 and attracted a bill of 1,533,421,117 cedis, whilst about 816 persons were either admitted at the Nkoranza St. Theresa's Hospital or referred to other health institutions and also attracted a total bill of about 650 million cedis. He expressed gratitude to the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) Health Sector Office in Accra for providing the Scheme with 76,230,000 cedis in support of the financial management and other activities.
The Scheme at Nkoranza is faced with problems such as lack of office accommodation, inadequate funds for public education and sensitisation and the high incidence of attendance of patients at the various health facilities in the District. Mr James Kwabena Appiah-Awuah, District Chief Executive, commended the founders of the Nkoranza Community Health Scheme, the first in the country, saying their foresight had given birth to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The DCE expressed regret about how the Scheme was initially politicised and stressed that the people of Nkoranza should never play politics with the scheme as diseases and sicknesses "do not discriminate among the people".
Mr Appiah-Awuah advised the people to keep their surroundings clean to free themselves from communicable diseases. The District Director of Health Services, Mr Richard Hinneh suggested to the management of the Scheme to arrange and budget for the training of some local people to fill existing vacancies in the various community health facilities.
In a welcoming address, Mr Evans Osei Kwame, chairman of the board of directors paid special tribute to Dr Inneke Bossman, a medical officer at the St. Theresa's Catholic Hospital at Nkoranza for initiating the Nkoranza community health insurance scheme 14 years ago. Okatakyie Agyemang Kudom IV, Omanhene of Nkoranza who presided, appealed to the people to patronize the Scheme to provide health security for themselves and their families.
The second annual general meeting of the Nkoranza District Scheme was on the theme: "Making good quality health care delivery accessible, affordable and available to all" and was attended by Dr Andreas Groub, National Administrator of the Scheme.