About 42 officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) are under investigation by the internal audit division for various acts of corruption and misappropriation of funds.
Dr. Samuel Annor, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Chief Executive Officer ddisclosed on Monday that the agency is in the process of meting out some punitive disciplinary actions against accused staff members.
The NHIA’s C.E.O at a day’s stakeholders’ engagement in Tamale said staff whose acts or omissions bother on criminality like fraud are to be prosecuted in the law courts.
He also added the authority's legal department has been given prosecutorial powers by the attorney general and minister of justice to swiftly deal with internal cases and service providers perpetuating various crime against the authority.
Dr Annor told the media after engaging stakeholders that because of the overwhelming number of cases at the AG’s department, the NHIA’s legal department after undergoing some training will help reduce huge costs NHIA encounters in prosecuting cases in court.
On the issuance of NHIS cards, Dr. Annor said the authority is taking into consideration ongoing registration of the National Identity Cards by the National Identification Authority.
According to him, its clients across Ghana, once they are registered by the NIA, will become useless for which reason NHIA is buying cards in small quantities in order not to waste state resources.
The Chief of Tugu, Naa Abdulai Andani who chaired the meeting urged authorities of NHIA to let its staff lead the crusade against authorities proposed increment of levies.
While saying that the NHIA’s proposal can only succeed if politicians aren't allowed to lead the process, the Tugu Lana also pleaded with citizens, regardless of their political affiliations, to support any move that will improve the NHIS in the country.
In the view of the Tugu Lana, everyone must be used as a vehicle to educate the public on the proposal. He then urged the NHIA to make good use of radio in their bid to educate the public about their activities, especially new strategies that will improve the system.