Ashanti NHIA Makes Gains Despite COVID-19

Kwadwo Tweneboah-Kodua

THE ASHANTI Regional National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has chalked significant successes, especially in terms of active members registered with the scheme in the past year, despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

Kwadwo Tweneboah-Kodua, the Ashanti Regional NHIA Director, who made the announcement in Kumasi, attributed hard work of NHIA staff and some new positive policies implemented by management for the gains made.

According to him, it is evident that businesses across the globe have been facing difficult times basically because of the pandemic, but luckily for the Ashanti Regional NHIA, they have rather made significant gains by exceeding some of their set targets.

Speaking during the Ashanti Regional NHIA End of 2020 Review Workshop in Kumasi on Tuesday, the Regional Head said, “In spite of COVID-19 pandemic and the toll it has on businesses across the globe, which has culminated in downward trends in their performances, and also as evidence of the hard working nature of the NHIA staff, the region surpassed its annual target for 2020.”

“With a target of 2,725,177, the Ashanti Region ended the year with an active membership of 2,902,306, representing 107% of the 2020 target and 130% of the 2019 membership achievement figure,” he announced.

“This great achievement is at variance with global recessions in business operations and performances, and as such our indefatigable staff needs commendations for recording this great stride,” the NHIA boss said.

He added that “part of this success is also attributable to the digitisation of the processing of institutions in this country which has resulted in the development of the NHIS Mobile Renewal Service and significantly, NHIS members in the Ashanti Region used this platform to renew their memberships.”

According to him, they are determined to improve on their performance, promising that the management would continue to implement innovative policies to ensure effective healthcare for all.

He urged NHIS members in the region to continue to patronise the NHIS Mobile Renewal Service since it is convenient and cost effective.

“Other digital platforms the NHIA has introduced to bring about efficiency and convenience includes online application/renewal of Health Facilities Credentialing process and the Electronic Claims submission platforms,” he pointed out.

The review programme was attended by NHIA District Managers and Ashanti Regional personnel.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi