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Health News of Friday, 2 February 2018

Source: citifmonline.com

Upper East NHIS unable to print cards over shortage of ribbon papers

Activities at all the thirteen Municipal and District offices of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the Upper East Region, have stalled due to a shortage of ribbon paper to enable them print cards.

This means new subscribers would have to wait until next week to be registered onto the scheme.

According to the Regional Public Relations Officer of the Scheme, Rofina Ankwain, the delay is due to challenges with the procurement of the needed materials from the national headquarters in Accra.

She said other challenges confronting their operations in the region include poor access to internet connectivity.

“Our internet is always down, making it difficult for people to take photos and the fingerprints. Also the ribbons we use for the printing, we don’t have ribbons for the new registrations. We are still having issues with our procurement… We are working to resolve the procurement issue. A vehicle is leaving for Accra. It will get to Accra on Friday and so hopefully on Monday, we wouldn’t have that problem,” she said.

Meanwhile, in the Greater Accra Region, scores of people who showed up to register at some centres were also turned away due to similar challenges.

A similar situation is being experienced at some NHIS offices in the Western Region, according to Citi News’ Obrempong Yaw Ampofo.