The Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby has called on the members of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to register their preferred health providers with the authority.
According to Dr. Dsane-Selby, the registration should be done in order to put regulations in place to regularize their checkup. This she says is to reduce the risk of being infected with cervical cancer and a large number of deaths associated with it.
She adds that the NHIA would make sure the health care providers of the various members would do a yearly checkup.
“I would urge all members of the scheme come and register with us who your regular health care providers are then we put in regulations that the person checks, certain parameters for you every year every two years and therefore you stay healthy. That is the only way to deal with the cervical cancer issue. We are currently in discussions with the cervical cancer experts to try to set up guidelines, protocols, look at the costing and build a model whiles they give us what the costing entails that we can change our provider mechanisms to address this.”
This follows concerns raised by the Head of the Oncology department of the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr. Ernest Baawuah Osei Bonsu mentioned that cancer unit records between 800 to 1000 new cancer cases every year. About 60 percent of these cases are cervical and breast cancer.
By: Nana Adwoa Wiafe-Akentang | universnewsroom