The Jirapa Municipal Health Insurance Authority has exceeded its registration target by 112.8 percent, registering one hundred and forty-two thousand, one hundred and eighty-four (142, 184) members out of the targeted one hundred and twenty-six thousand and ninety-three (126, 093) members for the year 2022, representing a 98 percent coverage of its operational area.

These were made known when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. Bernard Oko Boye paid a working visit to the Jirapa Municipal NHIA office his first as CEO of the Authority, in order to ascertain its operations, find out the challenges they are facing and charting the way forward for the Authority and also interact with staff.

Dr. Boye was impressed with the output of the Authority in the Municipality in spite of the various daunting challenges they are faced with.

He encouraged the staff to keep up the effort they are putting up and further look for innovative ways of improving the successes they have chalked and admonished them not to be complacent with their achievements.

On his part, the Manager of the Jirapa Municipal NHIA, Mr. Dery Francis Xavier attributed the results of the year 2022 to staff commitment, hard work and collaboration with partners such as the Ghana Health Service and the Jirapa Municipal Assembly.

He confirmed the numerous operational challenges the Authority is faced with in the municipality as logistics such as transportation, inadequate fuel, and an inadequate staffing strength of just twelve members of staff amongst others.

Mr. Dery also mentioned that his office also oversees the operations of the Lambussie District and hard to reach areas such as Hamile and Karni a situation he says is a strain on their already meagre resources.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Authority, Ms. Agnes Sabogu praised the staff for their selfless efforts in carrying the scheme to where it is now in spite of the challenges they are faced with and that the visit of the CEO is a motivation to do even more and asked for the recruitment of some critical staff for improved services.

Mr. Hamza Abdul Sanii-u, MIS Officer of the Authority says the era of long queues has become a thing of the past because of the introduction of the Biometric Membership System (BMS) which facilitates instant membership card production and the ability to instantly renew clients’ membership cards by using the mobile phone short code *929# across all mobile phone networks and the introduction of the NHIA application online where all their products, services and information are available conveniently.


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