Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, the former Deputy Minister of Health and a health professional, who was dislodged from Parliament by the people of Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region under very painful circumstance, has been compensated with a board member of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

The appointment done by his former boss, Kweku Agyeman-Manu, settles the rumours about him being sent to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

But many see the appointment as a demotion for the ex-Deputy Health Minister, who was once the Board Chairman of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

They had expected the 39-year old to rather be made the Board Chairman of the NHIA by the Health Minister, and not a mere member, considering his wealth of experience.

Others, however, feel that he did not perform well as a board chair for Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, hence the decision to ignore him.

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Dr. Okoe Boye, who is scheming to return to Parliament in 2025 by going into another contest with Benjamin Ayiku Narteh of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has been linked to many institutions under the Ministry of Health with the FDA most mentioned.

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Reports from the NHIA, mentioned Dr. Ernest K.P. Kwarko, an Obstetrician Gynaecologist with Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as the board chair.

The NHIA Board is drawn from various bodies as spelt out in section three (3) of the National Health Insurance Act 2012 (ACT 852).

It was inaugurated last week with the new members charged to support the operations of the Authority and to work efficiently to help Ghana achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

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The inauguration was presided over by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu saw the board members pledge to devise strategic and innovative ways of sustaining the scheme and to resolve challenges pertaining to payments to service providers.

The Health Minister tasked the board to develop an action plan to accelerate registration of new members into the Scheme to ensure every Ghanaian is captured under the NHIS.

Other members, include Mr. Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari from the Ministry of Health; Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service and Dr. Justice Ofori of the National Insurance Commission.

Others are Mrs. Elizabeth Aggrey-Ampiah, of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust; Mr Kwasi Asante, Accountancy and Finance expert, Samuel Erickson Abakah, a Legal Practitioner, Professor Christian Agyare and Dr. Isaac Charles Noble Morrison from the Pharmacy and Medical/Dental profession respectively.

Also sworn-in were Chief Executive of NHIA, Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby, Dr. Sylvester Yaw Oppong a Health Professional, Odeneho Akosua Fema Dwabeng II and Madam Joyce Konokie Zempare, both from the National Health Insurance Scheme.

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Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn-in board, the Chairman, Dr. Ernest K.P. Kwarko, thanked the President, Nana Akufo-Addo for the confidence reposed in him and his team and pledged to work assiduously to make the NHIS a formidable Health Insurance Scheme.

He further commended the President on the composition of the board indicating that each member possesses unique talent that will be harnessed to drive the Scheme towards its expected success.

Source:www. The Herald Ghana

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