SONA 2023: We Have Now Reached The Point Where We Feel The Impact Of Technology – President Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that the country have now reached the point where it feels the impacts of technology as an irreversible way of life as a country.
According to him, his government has integrated many processes within the digital environment, and for this, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, the National Identification Authority, and the Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, who, has been nicknamed E-Bawumia, should be recognised.
“Our need for technological reinforcement within all our structures and spaces is unending, and we will continue to push the frontiers of our engagement with the technologies of information, economic development and human transformation.”
“We are fully convinced that our embrace of, and investment in information technology and the digital infrastructure will help us to redefine our traditional concepts of time, space, speed and nature of conducting business within our society, economy and culture. Information technology helps all segments of society to be integrated and transformed through connectivity, in facilitating the production, distribution, and consumption of information within the whole economy and society”.
The President emphasized the benefits derived from the digitilisation drive in the areas of access to the NHIS, Ghana Card, Zipline medicine drone delivery and others.
“We must be cheered by the improvements being made in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to make access easier. The scheme is currently one of the better-digitalised institutions, and I hope they get the public support that they need. I note, in particular, with satisfaction, that they have developed a self-enrolment mobile application (My NHIS App) that allows Ghana Card holders to self-enrol in the scheme and this application enables registration and renewal for oneself and others by linking NHIS cards to Ghana cards. In 2022, over 5 million members’ data was linked to their Ghana card to enable them to access healthcare using the card.
“The National Health Insurance Authority has also improved its claims management processes with an emphasis on e-claims and paperless systems at all four Claims Processing Centres. In the year under review, electronic claims processing was about seventy percent (70%) of all claims submissions. As of 31st December 2022, the scheme paid a total claim of GH¢1.014 billion to health service providers.
“Mr Speaker, our drone delivery service is firmly established and Ghana now has six (6) centres for Zipline drone services, making Ghana the largest aerial logistics distribution network in the world. Zipline, through the national-scale drone delivery services, has delivered some 14.8 million (14,809,463) units of life-saving medicals, vaccines, and blood products to health facilities in Ghana by the end of 2022. Childhood vaccines top the list with the delivery of 8.3 million doses, followed by 2.05 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.”
Source: opemsuo.com/Effmen William