Pregnant Women during the Upper East Region have attracted Government to incorporate Non-Medical Consumables and Ambulance Services inside the National Medical health insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Speaking towards Ghana News Agency within a interview at separate platforms with the various Health facilities in the area, majority of the women in labour said they faced financial hardships in purchasing Non-Medical Consumables, including antiseptics, sanitary pads, soapy buckets amongst others.
They also stated it was a hardship on a lot of them to pay for the fee for transport to health facilities during labour and referrals.
Madam Mary Akolgo, a 37-year-old young pregnant woman, who was simply referred with the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital to consider a scan, told the GNA that they cannot afford to be charged the GH20 charged through the private laboratories.
The situation cuts across every one of the District Health facilities in your community. The Regional Hospital and a lot in the District health facilities do not need scanning facilities and refer women who are pregnant in labour to non-public facilities for such services.
Most of the facilities are not covered because of the NHIS.
Some within the expectant mothers said though they were given some medicines under the NHIS, now and again these people were issued with prescriptions to buy drugs from Pharmacy shops.
“Due to the financial barriers a majority of our colleagues are unable to attend health facilities to produce, plus some even find themselves losing their lives.
“Whilst commending the federal government for instituting the disposable maternal health for many people, we are also alluring to the President and his Government rebuild at no cost for all of us to visit to health facilities to provide safely”, Mrs Adukpoka Agambila, a 38-year-old woman in labour at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital stated.
The Administrator within the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital, Mr James Atampugre, said the nation’s Health Insurance won’t cover the concerns raised from the girls and that they are likely to purchase the drugs and items they mentioned.
The Regional Director with the National Medical health insurance Scheme, Mr Amos Akugre said the Scheme covered healthcare beginning from antenatal to create antenatal but couldn’t cover non-medical consumables.
The Programme Manager with the Presbyterian Health Service CNorth, Mr Rudolf Abugnaba Abanga, said the Non-Medical Consumables like antiseptics were very extremely important to preventing maternal deaths, and stressed that it was vital for Government to hear the selling point of the ladies otherwise Ghana’s desire of achieving the Millennium Development Goal 4 and 5 may not be realized.
He disclosed that his outfit beneath the “Community Health Project” in 2014 presented briefs into the Upper East Parliamentary Caucus plus the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health insurance other stakeholders to draw government’s focus on the situation however are yet to acquire any positive response.
“The fees absorbed from the NHIS include service charges and expense of medicine. ?Currently women in labour are inspired to report to health facilities using own Non-Medical consumables. The purchasing of such Non-Medical consumables come at a cost and potentially remains a monetary barrier to the rural and concrete poor from accessing skilled attendants for delivery”, he added.