A research by non-governmental organisation, SEND-GHANA, has revealed that more than half of the population of the Upper West region are not registered on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
This revelation was made by a program officer of SEND-GHANA, Adamu Mukaila.
[contextly_sidebar id=”05lAwniUxbyQeJGHGNMS0n9Rj46urUHy”]According to Mukaila, only about 14% of the people in the Upper West region, who are among the extremely poor in the region, are registered on NHIS.
“In the case of the Upper West region, if you take the extreme poor population, it is about 45% of the total population of the region. But our research found out that only 14% of those, some of whom cannot even feed themselves, have been registered under the national health insurance. This means that about 31% of them have not been registered under the NHIS,” he said.
The situation is not much different in the Northern and Upper East Regions.
Adamu Mukaila explained that “in the Upper East and the Northern regions; 21 and 22% of the population who are among the extremely poor are not registered.”
He also advised that when making analysis on these figures, Ghanaians must consider the living standard survey by the Ghana Statistical Service, which states that 24.2% of Ghanaians are considered poor, which translates into about 6.4 million people.
By: Jeffrey Owuraku Sarpong/citifmonline.com/Ghana