President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nominee for Minister of Health, Kweku Agyeman Manu, has set a deadline of six months for him to revive the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, in the country.
The revival of the scheme was one of the major campaign promises of President Akufo-Addo in the run off to the December 7, 2016 presidential election.
According to Manu, who spoke to reporters shortly after his nomination as a member of President Akufo-Addo’s cabinet, the New Patriotic Party, NPP, will be in trouble if the NHIS is not fixed within the shortest possible time.
He however insisted that his work would be made easier if government injects more funds into the NHIS to help address its current challenges.
“Within the shortest possible time we will solve the problems but like all of them will be based on how much money is provided for us to do what we think should be done. I have told some of my colleagues that within the next six months if we are not able to invest into the health insurance area for people to begin to see elements of something new happening in that sector, my party and my government will be in trouble,” he said.
Continuing, the minister designate said: “I have been the chief executive of health insurance once before, though a short and very limited time—about four or five months so I know what is in there and I know what we are going to do in there.”