THE staff of the various district health insurance schemes in the Ashanti Region last Saturday undertook a clean-up exercise at the Suntresu Hospital as part of the 53rd Independence Day celebrations.
Led by the Regional Manager of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Afrifa Yamoa-Ponkoh, the staff spent about two hours to clear weeds and choked drains, swept the premises and removed rubbish from various corners of the hospital.
The clean-up idea was mooted by the NHIA as part of the independence day celebrations.
Mr Yamoa-Ponkoh told the Daily Graphic that the exercise was very successful and said it would be extended to other health facilities in future.
He said his outfit was drawing up a programme to make the last Saturday of every month a sanitation day in which various activities would be undertaken at specific areas to help improve the health of the people.
Mr Yamoa-Ponkoh stated that the health of the people was very crucial to building a successful nation and the NHIA had a role to play in it.
He said the negative activities that confronted the operations of the schemes had been weeded out, giving hope to the scheme in the region.
The regional manager assured the people that there was nothing to fear about the operation of the schemes because all the loopholes had been plugged.
The Hospital Administrator, Mr Abora Owusu, commended the NHIA staff for active involvement in the voluntary work.
He said it was a good move for the NHIA for funding health care and also promoting clean-up exercises.
Mr Owusu said the hospital would ensure good working relationship with all partners in health service delivery.