NHIA supports Bolgatanga SHS, BIGBOSS
| Updated Aug 01, 2018 at 11:49am
The National Health Insurance Authority, NHIA, branch in Bolgatanga has presented a cheque of eleven thousand Ghana cedis, trophy and 43-inches Television set to the Bolgatanga Senior High School in the Upper East Region for emerging winners in the finals of the ‘What Do You Know’ Quiz Competition on the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, in 2016.
They beat three other participating schools to become champions of the 2016 edition of the ‘NHIS Quiz Competition.’
The school put up a forceful performance as they shrugged off competition from their rivals right from the opening round till the end.
The contest hosted by quiz master Dan Afari-Yeboah, was not without excitement, as the schools at some point came neck to neck leaving the audience sitting at the tip of the seats.
Bolga SHS scored 42 points ahead of closest contender, St Francis of Assise Girls Senior High School, who placed second with 33 points.
Archbishop Porter Girls Senior High School placed third with 30 points, while the Oti Senior High School took the fourth position with 28 points.
The 2016 NHIS Quiz Competition started with 40 second cycle institutions across the country.
The schools were jointly selected by the Ghana Education Service, GES, and the NHIA.
Winners from each of the ten regions of the country were grouped into the northern and southern zones.
Two winners each from the zonal competitions qualified to the national final hosted on GBC’s “What Do You Know” platform.
Presenting the cheque and the items to the school, the Upper East Regional Director of the NHIA, Sabastian Alagpulinsa, encouraged the students to study hard so they can become great leaders of the country in future.
He also challenged them to always strive to keep flying the flag of the school high.
Mr. Alagpulinsa said the quiz competition which normally starts at the regional level through to the zonals and ends in the grand finale is one of the innovative ways the NHIA is using to reach the populace and to educate the general public; especially the younger generation on the NHIS.
She said despite these strategies, dissemination of information and education to majority of Ghanaians on the operation of NHIS still remains a challenge.
This, he noted, has therefore necessitated the institution of more effective strategies such as the NHIS brilliant quiz to improve dissemination, education and communication within the NHIS and the public.
He said the emphasize therefore is to sustain and project the NHIS as the best financing mechanism to providing access to basic quality health care in the country.
According to him, the NHIS within the next five years seeks to promote a sustained public education on te National Health Insurance Scheme for sustainability and also achieving Universal Coverage by 2030.
Mr. Alagpulinsa reiterated the NHIS commitment in providing clients and all stakeholders with the requisite information about the NHIS that will empower them to enjoy their rights.
He commended the leadership of Bolgatanga Senior High School for their understanding of the NHIS operations that translated into the excellent performance of the students during the competition.
The Head Master of Bolgatanga Senior High School, Afeleibik Ababu, thanked the leadership of the NHIA for fulfilling their promise.
Mr. Ababu said the school will continue to participate in all NHIA organized programs aimed at educating the public about their activities.
Story by Ayammah Samuel