AKTH introduces POS payment system

Nazifi Dawud

Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) has introduced the Point-of-Sale (PoS) machine payment system in order to eliminate the difficulties faced by patients and clients who previously had to use cash to pay for services.

DAILY FOCUS reports that this was revealed by the hospital’s Assistant Chief Accountant, Malam Musa Ahmed, on behalf of the Director Finance and Account of the AKTH.

Mr Ahmed explained that the hospital “has two platforms of making payment namely retail pay and e-clinic but due to the problems been encountered by the cashiers as a result of network and power fluctuation, it become impossible to allow patients to use the platform for payment.”

He however, added that the Federal Ministry of Health, addressed the problem by introducing a software through the “Health in Box Initiative”, which makes it possible to make electronic payments.

“All payments can be done directly through the POS for almost all the services provided in the hospital without any hitch,” he said, according to the hospital’s monthly publication AKTH NewsFlash.

According to him, “all fees charged for services both those under revolving funds and general revenue were captured in the system.”

Mr Ahmed mentioned that the POS machines are available in five Designated payment points in the hospital namely: main Specialty Clinic, Accident and Emergency (A&E), Billing Bffice, GOPD (inside) and GOPD container respectively.

He also advised clients to ensure that they strictly make e-payments only through the five designated payment points as payments made elsewhere in the hospital would be at the client’s risk.

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