The Medical Board of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) on Thursday 5th September 2019 met with the Director General, Mohamed Fuaad Daboh and Management of the Scheme to give an update on their activities since their composition in June 2019.
In his statement, the Chairman of the Medical Board, Dr Alfreido J. Moosa, expressed his gratitude to the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, the NASSIT Board of Trustees and Management for the confidence reposed in them as members of the Trust’s Medical Board. He said the appointment validated their professionalism in the years of medical practice, and informed the Director General that since their appointment, they had examined Seventy-One (71) claimants across the country.
According to the Chairman, the medical examination exposed them to the harsh reality of the medical condition of people across the country and also validated the reasons for some of the delays accessing the NASSIT benefit. He lauded the Trust for constituting a medical board, saying that it would give credence and confidence to the processes of the scheme.
The Chairman highlighted the accessibility of claimants as one of their major challenges. According to him, the team had had cause to travel long distances to reach claimants just to discover that some of those addresses were unreachable, some had moved from their known locations without informing NASSIT while others were totally unknown in their vicinities. The Chairman also spoke about the administrative challenges they were encountering in the dispensation of their duties.
In his response, the Director General expressed his appreciation to the team for their professionalism and selflessness. Mr. Daboh said he was very pleased with the quantum of achievement and update received from the team within the three months.
According to him, the revelations that were coming out with regard the claimants and the challenges they had regarding the alternative medical treatment that was posing considerable challenge for the team was mind-boggling, adding that the purpose of the team in the field was to meet and examine claimants to validate their status for the application of invalidity benefit but the fact that these claimants who had themselves submitted those addresses were not accessible made the task even more herculean.
On behalf of the Chairman board of Trustees, the Director General expressed his satisfaction for the level of sacrifice displayed by the Medical Board and encouraged them to keep up the sacrifice for the good of the country.
He assured them that his administration would look into all of the challenges and ensure they were addressed accordingly. He described the invalidity process as very crucial for that fact that the status of being an invalidity pensioner squarely depended on the decision of the Trust and that decision lay in the hands of the Medical Board.
The Director of Benefit, Mrs Victoria Mansaray, joined the Director General to appreciate the selflessness and professionalism displayed by the team. She said that she had had the opportunity to witness Medical Board sittings in her years of service in the institution, and applauded the current Medical Board for the way they were doing their examination.
Similar sentiments were shared by the Director of Operations and the Acting Director Legal Affairs respectively.
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