Following an ambitious target of achieving 20 million active members by the close of the year 2023, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has officially launched its 20th Anniversary celebration.
The Chief Executive Officer of NHIA, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, unveiled the year-long nationwide celebration, under the theme “Health Heroes: 20 years strong,”.
He noted that this is to serve as a reflection of NHIS significant contribution to providing financial risk protection against high costs of healthcare services to all residents in Ghana.
He mentioned series of activities lined up for the celebration such as blood donation exercise nationwide, MyNHIS APP Storm in regional capitals, NHIS Data Day, a Symposium on identified topical diseases.
Other activities lined up for the celebration are the inauguration of the upgraded Takpo Health Center into an ultra-modern Polyclinic in the Upper West Region, Legends unveiled: Honoring our Heroes event, Awards Night, and Gospel Rock show.
Dr. Okoe-Boye further recapped the NHIS achievements over the past two decades, emphasizing the role it continues to play in Ghana’s healthcare financing.
He paid tribute to the Kufour government for it far-reaching thought which birthed the NHIS in the year 2003, adding that it had, over the years, committed to providing affordable and quality healthcare to its members and added that management was determined to keep moving in the right direction.
According to the NHIA boss, his outfit has been a training ground for sister nations in the Subregion and still attracts foreign delegations visits to the NHIA, Head Office, on study tours.
He touted Ghana and Rwanda as the two outstanding African nations whose health insurance covers more than half of the national population.
The NHIA Deputy Chief Executive and Chairperson of the anniversary planning committee, Dr. Yaa Pokuaa Baiden, called for a renewed vigor and passion among staff to deliver their mandate in ensuring that healthcare is a fundamental right for all residents of Ghana.
“Healthcare knows no boundaries. Let us reaffirm our commitment to the NHIS and together we shall safeguard the valuable health and well-being of all,” she said.
She spelled out a comprehensive program for the nationwide celebrations and urged staff to go the extra mileage and enroll more to increase the NHIS active membership.
There were solidarity speeches from development partners, especially the Christian Health Association, Ghana (CHAG).