Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has described the promise of the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC), John Mahama, to provide free primary healthcare to all Ghanaians should he be elected as President as “almost meaningless”.
The Former President, John Mahama, at the outdooring ceremony of his running mate, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, on July 28, 2020 announced that he will introduce a Free Primary Health Care Plan which will make the provision of primary health free to all Ghanaians if given the nod to serve as President.
John Mahama said such a “health care plan will guarantee a healthy people and provide the health workforce needed to accelerate our development”
But speaking at the launch of New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Manifesto for Election 2020, Vice President Dr. Bawumia said that “95 percent of the disease burden is already covered under the NHIS; primary, secondary tertiary diseases”.
According to the Vice President, children, elderly and vulnerable groups do not pay the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) premium “so if you say you are going to offer free primary healthcare, it is almost meaningless because if you have free primary healthcare and you don’t have an NHIS card and you are going for a check-up and they say go for secondary treatment, what are you going to do?”.
Further speaking Dr. Bawumia said the next NPP administration will focus on health promotion and prevention as part of primary healthcare through the National Health Insurance Scheme to achieve universal healthcare.
He stated that the government in its next administration was going to build a hundred and two (102) district hospitals where there are none, two (2) additional psychiatric hospitals, six (6) regional hospitals in the new regions and one in Western Region in addition to the rehabilitation of Afia Nkwanta hospital.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom.com