I’ve paid ¢560m of Mahama’s ¢1.2m NHIS debt – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he has settled part of the debt the past regime owed the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

He told a gathering of faithful of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Saturday, he has paid ¢560 million out of the total ¢1.2 million owed the scheme.

President Akufo-Addo with vice Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at NPP’s first National Delegate Conference at UCC

The President said the gesture will bolster the confidence of service providers in the system.

The revelation comes seven months after some service providers had complained about running out of common drugs because they had no money to buy them.

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the NPP delegate conference

Some hospitals in the country were reported to have used unapproved solutions to clean their equipment because they had ran out of sanitisers.

Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare at NPP delegate conference

But they will heave a sigh of relief as government has paid off almost half of the debts owed them by the past administration.

Speaking at the NPP’s first National Delegates Conference since it won the 2016 polls, President Akufo-Addo said he is committed to improving on quality healthcare.

The conference held at the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region, attracted hundreds of NPP supporters, including government officials.

A section of some government appointees at the NPP delegate conference

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor and representatives of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) were in attendance.

The 73-year-old President used the opportunity to send a message to his appointees and Ghanaians that he will not allow anyone to compromise the development of the country.

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor addressing the gathering at the conference

“I am the captain of the boat and will not allow anyone to capsize it,” the President’s line that re-echoed in the auditorium long after he had delivered his message to the delegate.


The writer Austin Brakopowers works as a journalist at Joy99.7FM and could be reached via Brakomen@outlook.com or www.brakopowers.comViews expressed here are the Author’s and do not necessarily reflect the position of management of The Multimedia Group.

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