Mr Lawrence Amartey, Greater Accra Regional Manager of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Wednesday said the biometric registration introduced by the Authority aimed to reduce abuse and fraud by members, staff and service providers of the scheme.

?It is a system that will clean-up the data base of NHIA for an accurate and reliable data base and also reduce the waiting time of subscribers at the facility centers,? Mr Amartey stated in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.

He said the biometric registration would not only improve operations but would also address the inefficiencies in the scheme by subscribers and service providers and avoid data duplication.

Mr Amartey said the biometric registration was first implemented in July 2013 on a pilot basis in some parts of the Greater Accra Region and targeted institutions including the police, military and their dependants.

He said during the pilot exercise the scheme registered over 100,000 subscribers in the region.

The Regional Manager noted that there was a mad rush for the biometric cards, adding that, ?the old cards are still valid until the five year period is expired.?

He said the biometric registration had come to stay and that there was no deadline to the registration as speculated by some individuals and groups in the country.

Mr Amartey appealed to subscribers, groups and service providers to co-operate with the registration staff for a successful exercise.

He said the NHIS had opened a call center on all mobile networks in the country on short code 6447 and on MTN 0544 446 447 in English, Ga, Dagbani, Akan, Ewe and Huasa from 6am to mid-night. GNA

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