The National Health Insurance Authority is being urged to expedite the renewal and issuance of cards to vulnerable individuals in societies particularly, Persons with Disabilities.
A representative of the Volta Regional Directorate of the Department of Social Welfare, Dorothy Ketu lamemts the unusual delays in approving list of expired cards and registration of PWDs by the NHIA further worsens the plight of these vulnerable people.
Speaking at the sidelines of a three day workshop for media persons on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion reportage with a focus on Persons with Disability, which is being organised by Penplusbytes with support from STAR Ghana, Madam Dorothy Ketu bemoaned the bureaucratic system associated with the process at the NHIA is disheartening.
“…health in general is life. So there shouldn’t be any hesitation or delay in renewing the cards. We asked that they expedite actions on it or look at another plan as to how it would be processed early for them to benefit. We are suppose to help them not to worsen their case”, she told Skyy News’ Claudia Annan.
Madam Ketu recounts the arrangement with the district departments of the NHIA in years past was considerably beneficial to the PWDs. With the old arrangement between the District Department of Social Welfare and the NHIA, she said “PWDs were allowed, with a confirmation letter from the Social Welfare to get their expired NHIA cards renewed for free”.
“It was alleged that compiled lists of beneficiaries were bloated with ineligible persons. As a result the head office issued a directive to their district offices to discontinue the process”, she added.
She however noted that the NHIA has reactivated the process but with scrutiny which often delay the release of the cards to beneficiaries.
Story: Claudia Annan