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Bongo NHIA Targets 25% Increase in Active Membership by End of 2014‏

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Seidu Mahamadu Akugri, Bongo NHIA Manager
Seidu Mahamadu Akugri, Bongo NHIA Manager

In order to increase active membership by 25% by the end of this year, the Bongo District Health Insurance Authority has been holding community durbars to sensitize the people on the need to get enrolled on the scheme.

The National Health Insurance Authority in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region has registered 48,275 active members representing about 55.5% of the district’s population.

Being the district that recorded the least in active membership among the 13 districts of the Upper East The Region, the Bongo scheme decided to work harder in order to increase its active membership by 25% by the end of 2014.The scheme has also undertaken special registration and renewal exercises across the district as well as intensified public education in selected communities.

Manager of the Bongo Health Insurance Authority, Seidu Mahamadu Akugri told A1 News that while they wait for the introduction of a Biometric Membership Scheme, the Bongo scheme is producing temporary ID cards for new members.

Mr. Akugri said multiple attendance and double registration are some of the challenges confronting Bongo Health Insurance Scheme

He urged subscribers to promptly and annually renew their cards in order to continue enjoying free healthcare and entreated beneficiaries to avoid all negative practices that can contribute to collapsing the scheme.

Paramount Chief for the Bongo Traditional Area, Naba Baba Salifu Lemyaarum added his voice to the call on subscribers to annually renew their cards. Naba Lemyaarum pledged to spearhead community sensitization to help increase the enrollment of health insurance beneficiaries in the Bongo district.

District Chief Executive for Bongo, Alexis Adugdaa Ayamdoor announced the district assembly’s plans to help improve on active membership to the health insurance scheme. He said provision of potable drinking water was key in this regard.

Community durbars were held for two weeks with the opening of zonal offices at Vea and Zorko in the Bongo district.

Source: Joshua Asaa | A1radioonline.com | Ghana

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