The member of Parliament for Kwabre East Constituency, Hon. Kofi Frimpong has attributed the suspected case of Ebola infection in the Ashanti Region to the piloting of the National Health Insurance Capitation Payment program in the region.
According to him, the over 3-year capitation implementation pilot program had resulted in poor healthcare delivery in the Ashanti Region.
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) introduced the pilot capitation program three years ago in the Ashanti Region to reduce the supposed health insurance fraud around the country. Health minister, Mad. Sherry Ayitey at a stakeholder’s consultation program in January stated that the capitation in the Ashanti region was a platform to examine the challenges and deficiencies associated with its implementation to improve upon the capitation scheme.
Hon. Kofi Frimpong in an interview with 233 Live News insisted that the decision to ‘impose’ the capitation program on the Ashanti Region for such a long time was a recipe for outbreak of strange diseases such as Ebola.
Because of capitation we don’t have proper health care in the Ashanti Region. That is why when the Ebola disease begun to spread, it was reported in the Ashanti Region. All this arise from the fact that the capitation was imposed on the Ashanti Region causing few people to visit hospitals and poor delivery of general healthcare services. Hon. Kofi Frimpong said.
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His allegation comes in the wake of recent fears of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has reportedly killed about 95 people in Guinea. A 12-year-old girl referred to the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) from Ejisu died on Saturday after exhibiting signs of severe fever and bleeding, both of which are symptoms of the dreaded Ebola virus. Laboratory investigations later revealed the girl did not die of Ebola.