Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu has rubbished calls for his resignation over the poor state of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Former President John Mahama has asked the Health Minister to resign after admitting that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is on the verge of collapse.
“He (Health Minister) has admitted that he has failed. He has not been able to grow the NHIS, and he says it has failed… he has no business being the minister for health. He should resign”.
Reacting to his request, Mr Agyemang Manu accused the former statesman of employing propaganda tactics.
He noted that he has done his best as Health Minister just as anyone in his position would have done.
“An elderly respectable statesman like former President John Dramani goes on this lane into the gutter, in the gallery, doing propaganda that the health minister should resign.”
“I came to work for the nation, and I have done what any Health Minister would have done,” he added.
The Health Minister’s comments go to communicate that he would not be resigning as asked.
According to the Health Minister, he no longer uses the NHIS and instead prefers to pay for his medical care.
He complained vehemently that people who are unable to pay are being denied access to medical treatments, claiming that the treatment given to NHIS card holders at the various clinics is subpar.
This is not the first time the Health Minister has been asked to step down. He was asked to leave his position over the procurement of some COVID-19 vaccines executed by the Ministry of Health.
Source: The Independent Ghana