The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are set to sign an agreement to train graduate students of the School of Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences to serve as Ambassadors of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The program is designed to equip them with comprehensive knowledge of the NHIS modus operandi and its operational ethics.
In the end, the graduates will be well-equipped as they leave school to work in the health industry and will play a pivotal and effective role in championing the Scheme’s cause.
This initiative is to support the “New NHIS”, where the payment of Claims is not only the preserve of the NHIA and its Governing Board, but also includes investing in the entire health ecosystem to ensure value for money.
For this purpose, the NHIA delivered a newly branded 33-seater coastal bus to the KNUST School of Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences on August 1, 2023.
The Chief Executive, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, said at the handover ceremony that the NHIA would make it possible for graduate students of the KNUST School of Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences to get acquainted with the NHIS operations and Claims management.
“What we are trying to do is to revise access to healthcare services, and we are the first entity to partner KNUST to resurrect the School of Medical Sciences,” he said.
The KNUST Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rita Akosua Dickson, said her administration believed absolutely in constructive partnerships, including training healthcare practitioners.
She stressed that they believed in hands-on training for their students, and that this partnership would help them to train their students to serve as Health Ambassadors.
“We can assure you that the partnership will benefit humanity, which is the mandate of the university with a global outlook. All resources will be put to good use,” she said.