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Bawumia and NHIA’s dubious, deadly digitalization initiatives have cost Ghana over GHC2 billion – Ablakwa

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has accused the government of significant expenditure in the health sector, describing its initiatives as “dubious, duplicative, and deadly so-called digitalization.”

In a detailed Facebook post on April 3, 2024, Mr Ablakwa stated that these initiatives amounted to GH¢2.67 billion. He expressed concern over repeated reports of deprivation in health facilities nationwide in recent years.

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“With this shambolic state of health care in Ghana, one wonders why the current Akufo-Addo/Bawumia-led government will ignore the priorities begging for urgent solutions and rather be fixated on dubious, duplicative and deadly so-called digitalization initiatives at a heartless cost of GHS2.67 billion?” a portion of his post read.

He noted that the National Health Insurance Authority has submitted a 2024 allocation formula to Parliament that prioritizes the following in a “thoughtless and unpatriotic manner”:

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  1. Biometric ID Cards and Authentication System — GHS405.74 million (despite the substantial amount already spent on Ghana Cards)
  2. Management Information System — GHS343.92 million
  3. Capturing of Claims Data — GHS112 million
  4. Ministry of Health (Health Provider – E-Health Solution) — GHS80 million
  5. Claims Processing Centres and E-Claims — GHS76 million
  6. Archival System and Document Management— GHS38.58 million
  7. Telecare Services Platform — GHS30 million
  8. Transfer of Data from NIA GHS10 million
  9. E-Pharmacy — GHS11 million

Mr Ablakwa questioned whether it was right for a “struggling health insurance scheme which is unable to pay claims on time, a scheme owing hospitals, a scheme operating in dilapidated hospitals without critical equipment, with many analysts indicating that cash-and-carry is back in many parts of Ghana, be spending over GHS1.1billion on non-core interventions in the name of digitalization?”

“Note also that after the NHIA allocated over GHS1.1 billion in 2024 to shady and misplaced digitalization deals, they callously and shamelessly allocated only a paltry GHS2 million for desperate dialysis patients,” he added.

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