At the Ghana Military Academy, fresh cadets scheduled for graduation in August, 2020 have enrolled onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Officers from the NHIS Kpeshie district office set up at the Ghana Military Academy Health Centre and registered the cadets, some Instructors and their family members.
Officer in charge of the Military Academy Health Center, Captain Adelaide Anakwa Awuku said it is mandatory that the cadets have valid NHIS cards at all Military Reception stations and other Military Health Posts.
She spoke exclusively to the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) media team on day two of the Special Registration exercise.
Captain Adelaide Anakwa Awuku posited that the NHIS is a lifesaver, hence the need for everyone to join the Scheme's active membership.
Some of the partakers expressed joy of joining the Scheme, explaining that their tight schedules prevented them from visiting the district offices to register.
According to the NHIS Kpeshie, District Manager, Wisdom Donkor, the Special Registration was at the request of the military command, which also falls in line with the NHIA’s objective to enroll all Ghanaian residents onto the Scheme.
“Increasing access to healthcare is in fulfilment of Ghana’s drive to obtain Universal Health Coverage (UHC).”
Wisdom Donkor described the event as productive and promised that there would be a mop up exercise after this to give more opportunities to other to military cadets and officers who may not be able to register on this occasion.
NHIS officers on site educated the public on the benefits of joining the Scheme, distributed membership books and encouraged the participants to renew their membership using the Mobile Renewal Service dedicated short code *929#.
In compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, social distancing was strictly adhered to at the registration centre, where NHIS officers and the participants wore face masks.
A similar exercise was organized in commemoration of the Civil Service Weeklong celebrations in Accra in 2019.
Ministers, Chief Directors, Staff of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and the general public participated.
Likewise, a considerable number of Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) and Board Chairpersons of state owned institutions have also recently registered onto the Scheme.
This was at the Annual Retreat for CEOs and Board Chairpersons of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) held at
Mankessim in the Central Region.
Equally, management and staff of 21 media houses in the Greater Accra Region have benefitted from the Special Registration exercise which forms part of the NHIA’s ambitious agenda to boost its membership drive.