BOGISS Wins NHIS Regional Quiz Competition
It was a battle of brilliance when students of Bolgatanga Girls’ Senior High School (BOGISS) and those of Navrongo Senior High School (NAVASCO) clashed on Saturday on GBC URA Radio in a keenly contested quiz competition.
The contest formed part of the many activities outlined by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as it commemorates its10th Anniversary. The two schools were represented by three contestants.
At the end of the contest, BOGISS obtained 119 points to beat NAVASCO which had 144.5 points. The winners took home 150 exercise books and a cash amount of GH¢500, while NAVASCO took home 150 exercise books.
According to the organisers, BOGISS has thus qualified to represent the Upper East Region in the national competition to come on at a later date.
Originally, Bawku SHS and Bolgatanga SHS were included in the contest, but they later withdrew.
The Upper East Regional Accountant of the NHIS, Mr. Dominic Akuribire, who stood in for the Regional Manager of the National Health Insurance Authority, Mr. Roger Ayine Aposs, congratulated BOGISS for winning the contest.
He urged the contestants to study hard as they prepare to meet other contestants from other regions at the national level.
He also congratulated NAVASCO for taking part, and wished them better luck next time.
Mr. Akuribire reiterated the enormous benefits of the scheme, and called for a stop to its abuse, which, he noted, had the potential to collapse it.
The Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the scheme, Mr. Timothy Iresong, was not happy that some families only registered one member with the scheme, with the rest of the members using that one person’s card to access health care.
This, he described, as impersonation, and warned that any member who gives out his/her card or releases it for others to use would have the membership revoked, should he/she be caught.
He added that other punitive actions such as prosecution were being considered, and if given legislative backing, the culprits would be dealt with by law.
The National Health Insurance Scheme will soon be rolling out a pilot biometric registration programme throughout the country to register new subscribers, and also cover membership renewals onto the NHIS biometrically.
The biometric registration exercise, which comes with the instant issuance of NHIS ID cards, will solve the problem of prolonged delays faced by the scheme in issuing ID cards to clients.
Among other activities, the scheme in the region also organised a float through the main streets of Bolgatanga.
The anniversary is on the theme: ‘Towards Universal Health Coverage: Increasing Enrolment whilst Ensuring Sustainability.’
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