The Upper West Regional Director of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Abass Suleymana has revealed that, the mobile renewal service has increased enrolment across the region to 231,246 persons in 2019 which resulted to an increase in revenue mobilisation.
The Director speaking at the annual performance review and Media briefing meeting held in Wa on Friday February 21,2020 indicated that, the mobile renewal services has increased revenue mobilisation, contributing about 60% of revenue mobilised.
According to him, the scheme has exceeded its revenue target by 101% and a 107% coverage with the mobile renewal services in the Region. “The Mobile Renewal service is the game changer” Abass said.
He further indicated that, coverage of the poor and vulnerable increased from 70,358 in 2018 to 93,400 in 2019, representing 33% increase over the base year. “The Scheme has generally increased its population coverage in the region from 54% in 2018 to 57% in 2019 representing one of the best performance in the country”.
However, Mr. Abass Suleymana bemoaned the rate of poor network and mobile connectivity causing the low performance in Wa East and West of the Upper West Region. He further sited inadequate funding, staffing and equipment as challenges affecting quality care at service provider site and member confidence.
He noted that, the NHIS is taking steps to address these issues by collaborating with telecoms to ensure that the network and mobile connectivity is enhanced and continued engagement with the relevant stakeholders on the need to contain the astronomical rise in cost of medicine.