The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu joined Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice president of the Republic of Ghana, on Monday, 5 December, 2022 to introduce a digital application for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
“The New NHIS mobile app will function on both Android and iOS smartphones and will allow NHIS members to securely pay registration and membership renewal fees using their mobile money wallets, Bank and Visa cards,” the vice president stated.
Dr. Bawumia reaffirmed the government’s dedication to pursuing digitalization as a way to provide Ghanaians with better services, notably in the health sector. “We will network around 80% of all hospitals by the end of the year, and by the end of the year after that, we will complete the networking of 100% of all our hospitals,” he declared.
He added that, the government has introduced flexibility through the Light wave Health Management Information System (LHIMS) and other technological platforms to manage electronic medical records without the use of printed booklets of patient’s folder and the possibility of patients’ records getting lost. The teaching hospitals, such as Tamale, Cape Coast, KomfoAnokye, Ho and Korle-Bu, as well as many secondary and primary health facilities have been hooked onto the electronic platforms, making patient records available to all these facilities without the use of folders.
By the end of next year, we will network about 80% of all hospitals, and by the end of the following year, we will complete the networking of 100% of all our hospitals. This will make us the fourth country in the world to have such a nationwide system, he disclosed.
The National Health Insurance Scheme has more than sixteen million registered members, or 54% of Ghana’s total population. The launch took place in conjunction with the NHIS Active Month celebrations, which ran for the entire month and had the title “The Role of Digitalization in Modern Healthcare Delivery: Recounting Ghana’s ICT Journey in the Fourth Republic, he said.
The Northern Regional Minister Hon. Shaibu in his welcome address, extended his warmest felicitations on behalf of the Chiefs and People of the Northern Region to the president and the Vice President of the Republic.
He also expressed gratitude to the Board Members of the NHIA for putting together the program barely a week after their Board meeting in Tamale.
“The Board and their Chief Executive Officer have indeed demonstrated a lot by this gesture and it only goes to confirm their commitment to making the NHIS better,” he said.
He underscored that in the Northern Region, the scheme continues to make significant improvement in the enrolment of indigents on the core poor. “In 2020, 146,199 core persons were enrolled into the scheme and in 2021, 197,906 core poor persons were enrolled on the scheme.
“This is very significant for us because they are the ones who need Health Insurance most and if we are able to capture these members, it shows a great impact of the scheme,” he added.
According to him, the government have also promoted very fruitful cooperation between the NHIA and other related players notably the Ghana Health Service resulting in the sharing of useful and timely information and making it easier for card holders to benefit from quality health delivery.
“The Nana Addo led administration has committed more resources to the National Health Insurance Scheme to make it more efficient and responsive with capacity to finance health care services on a timely basis,” he said.
He added that the chosen theme reflects the current transformation of moving towards digitization for reliable and faster activities more especially in the health sector.
He admonished everyone to show full dedication and commitment to strengthening our health systems for the improvement of our society, as health is a concern for all.