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'Access health care at private clinics'

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Mahama Ayariga - Information MinisterNational Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cardholders have been asked to access private or mission clinics or hospitals that accept the cards for medical attention.

A statement signed by the Minister of Information and Media Relations, Mr Mahama Ayariga, said health insurance cards were not for only government hospitals and pharmacies.

“There are hundreds of such private and mission clinics and hospitals across the country and government believes there is no reason for people to suffer because the doctors in government facilities have decided to embark on a strike for no justified reason,” it said.

It said the Ministry of Health had been directed to liaise with the Ministry of Defence to ensure that the 37 Military Hospital operated at full capacity in order to handle the expected large number of patients.

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“Doctors at the 37 Military Hospital will also be pooled and seconded to the Ridge and the Korle-Bu Teaching hospitals to assist with out-patient department services,” it said.

The statement gave the names and locations of the following private and mission clinics and hospitals across the country that accept NHIS cards.

Greater Accra Region: El-Bethel Maternity Home Clinic at Ablekuma, Link Road Hospital at Ablekuma, Airport Clinic at Ayawaso, Royal Good Shepherd Medical Centre at Ga and Ayifua Clinic at Kpeshie.

Central Region: Connies Clinic and Maternity Home at Awutu Efutu Senya; Abura Clinic, Cape Coast; Hope Christian Hospital, Gomoa; Providence Clinic and Maternity Home, Awutu Efutu Senya, and Tantri Clinic, Cape Coast.

Brong Ahafo Region: Amoah Memorial Hospital, Berekum; Cecis Maternity Home, Dormaa; Fountain Care Clinic, Jaman North, and Annor-Asare Memorial Hospital, Kintampo North.

Western Region: Mary Akubah Ewoo Memorial Clinic and Maternity Home in Ahanta West; Samartex Hospital, Amenfi West; Divine Love Hospital, Anhwiaso Bekwai; Fatima Clinic, Jomoro and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Hospital at Mpohor Wassa.

Ashanti Region: NHIS: Hilltop Maternity Home at Adansi South; Nana Afua Kobi Hospital in Ahafo Ano South; First Klass Hospital, Asante Akim North; Allen Clinic, Asokwa and Atasomanso Hospital at Bantama.

Eastern Region: Owusu Memorial Clinic in Birim North; Immanuel Maternity Centre, Birim South; Ghana Consolidated Diamonds Hospital, Kwaebiberem; Asiedu Memorial Clinic, New Juabeng, and New Life Clinic, Yilo Krobo.

Northern Region: Haj Adams Clinic, Newlife Clinic, Tania Specialist Hospital, Kadara Clinic and the Nelson Mandela Clinic, all in the Tamale municipality.

Upper East Region: Case Medical Centre, Islam Maternity Home, the Lord’s Clinic, all in the Bawku municipality, and Faith Clinic and Gossips Clinic, both in Bawku West.

Upper West Region: Good Shepherd Maternity Home in Lawra Nandom, Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital in Nadowli, Archbishop Dery’s Hospital and the Islamic Hospital in the Wa municipality, as well as the Progress Maternity Home in Wa West.

Volta Region: Nancy’s Maternity Home at Akatsi, Foresight Medical Centre, Ho Municipal; Green Leaf Clinic, Jasikan, and St Patrick’s Hospital in Kpando.