Covid-19: Private Health facilities threaten nationwide shut-down over NHIS claims
The Private Health Facilities Association of Ghana has threatened a nationwide shut down of all facilities by next week, if the government fails to release payment of its claims.
President of the Private Health Facilities Association of Ghana, Samuel Boakye Donkor in an interview with Anopa Kasapa morning show host, Kweku Owusu Adjei indicated that Private Health Facilities cannot risk the lives of its members to the fast-spreading covid-19 pandemic following the refusal of government to pay claims.
“If by next week, we don’t get paid or take delivery of some Personal Protective Equipment(PPEs) from government, we’ll have no option than to close down. No one is ready to be exposed, so its better we stay home. Already some nurses and doctors are afraid to report to work, because of the outbreak.”
Private Health Facilities are owed between 9-14 months currently, a situation having a negative impact on health care delivery and operations of their health facilities.
Ghana on Wednesday recorded 15 more cases of the covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday.
This brings to 68 the total number of confirmed cases with two deaths.
According to the GHS, the sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travellers entering Ghana, as directed by the president.