The management of the Wassa East National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has re-strategized to increase its clients.
Mr Robert Koompon, the Scheme Manager who made this known to the GNA in an interview at Daboase, said his outfit has decided to move to the communities to register the people instead of waiting for the clients.
According to him the communities under the district were very far from the district capital Daboase and as a result, most people due to proximity and to reduce transportation cost would either go to Twifo Praso or Elmina where they could easily access.
“To help stem the situation we have decided to move to the communities to save our clients from having to travel very long distances to be registered,” he said.
Mr Koompon said it was the wish of the scheme to register a lot more people but that the scheme was confronted with a lot of challenges including inadequate machines to register people and other very important logistics.
He also mentioned the lack of internet connectivity as another challenge, stressing that only 12 out of the 232 communities in the District had connectivity thereby making it difficult to do biometric registration for people living in such areas.
He said most of the communities were far from the Daboase office and clients therefore found it very difficult to move to the office do their registration.
Mr Koompon said to ensure the smooth operations of the scheme in the District it was important for the provision of Satellite disc in communities that had no internet connectivity.
He appealed to the Member of Parliament for the area Mr Isaac Adjei Mensah to help the Scheme acquire more machines, noting that the District has only three machines for the exercise, which he described as woefully inadequate.
The District Scheme Manager said despite the challenges a total of 20,047 clients made of 8,597 new registrants and 11,450 renewals were recorded during the period under review.
According to him 679,546.99 was paid as claims as of September this year.