Development queenmother registers community members onto NHIS

BY: Mary Anane-Amponsah
  Mama Dewoname giving the NHIS card to a beneficiary of the exercise.
Mama Dewoname giving the NHIS card to a beneficiary of the exercise.

The Development Queenmother of Anyako, Mama Dewoname, in collaboration with the Keta Municipal National Health Insurance Authority, has registered a number of aged persons and children onto the National Health Insurance scheme (NHIS) for free.

According to her, the gesture was her contribution towards the well-being of the people especially  the vulnerable and also to encourage them to seek medical attention when they fell sick.

Briefing the Daily Graphic, on the exercise, Mama Dewoname stated that although the aged were exempted from paying the premium to be registered onto the scheme, some aged persons in her community were unable to pay the eight cedis charge to benefit from the scheme.

She expressed concern about the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the area, saying “it is not the best to see children of such ages becoming mothers. It affects their health and also the development of this community”.

Call for support

The Keta Municipal Manager of the NHIS, Mr Edward Kwadzo Eddah, explained that some of the subscribers to the scheme were unable to renew their cards due to financial constraints and, therefore, called on churches, philanthropists and individuals to come to the aid of such people.

 “Even on their special occasions they can register such people freely to mark those events. It is important that people who have the means to support others do so to promote healthcare delivery” he said