Ghana's National Health Insurance Authority's Upper East Regional Director recently commented on the improved maternal and infant health nationwide because of the free maternal health policy.
According to Sebastian Alagpulinsa, Upper East Regional Director, the country has noticed the significant reduction in the number of maternal and infant death which has further improved the life expectancy from 57 years in 2014 to 63 years to date.
He further added that good results in the health sector would produce better development outcomes which would further help in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly on health.
The comments were made during his speech at the year performance meeting on the theme,"Delivering on the new strategic vision for the sustainability of the NHIS." The meeting was chaired by Bon Naba Baba Salifu Aleemyarum, the Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area along with officials from all nine District Offices of the Authority.
He further revealed that about the three districts; the Bolgatanga Municipal, Bawku West and Nabda which had been selected under NHIS package under family planning, which he said was the requirement of the National Health Insurance Act 852.
According to him, Ghana's Health Insurance Scheme has generated the most generous benefits package in all over Africa. The scheme covered 95 percent of major diseases with services such as out and in-patient services, oral health, maternal care and emergency services.
The region registered 569,829 members from a target of 578,833, which is 98 percent of the Regional membership target.