The Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, has commissioned a newly constructed office complex in Techiman for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
He also handed over two Toyota pick-up vehicles to the staff to assist in their operations.
The edifice which is located on the Techiman Nkoranza road before reaching Forikrom community is one of the regional offices the Government is putting up for decentralized institutions in the region.
At a brief ceremony to unveil the building and operationalized NHIS activities in the region, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye paid a glowing tribute to the Omanhene of Techiman Traditional Area, Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV, for providing the land for the project free of charge and assured the people in the region of quality service delivery.
Speaking on the funding to the Scheme by the Government, he said “every month the government pays an average of GH¢150 million to service Health facilities across Ghana to ensure good service delivery to clients and the sustainability of the NHIS”.
He expressed concern that some unscrupulous persons in health facilities continue to take illegal charges from clients and warn them to desist from it as steps are being taken to monitor their activities and bring them to book.
Dr. Okoe Boye said despite the challenges facing the Scheme, it remains one of the most impactful social intervention policies introduced by the government.
The Member of Parliament for Techiman South, Hon. Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah in an address read on his behalf by the MCE, Techiman, Hon. Benjamin Yaw Gyarko thanked the C.E.O and the Board of National Health Insurance Authority for putting up a befitting Regional office for the NHIS which was created barely two years ago.
He appealed to the staff of the Scheme “to adopt friendly customer services with their clients”.He urged management and staff of the facility to develop “a maintenance culture on the edifice to keep its beauty.”
The Bono East Regional Minister Hon.Kwasi Adu-Gyan on his part also thanked the Board and the C.E.O of NHIA for putting up such an edifice for the region.He mentioned that four (4) Districts in the region namely “Nkoranza North, Techiman North, Pru West and Sene East do not have offices for their operations” and called for support to build offices for them.