Mr Ben Kusi, Director, Membership and Regional Operations of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has said the authority under its vulnerable and poor registration has so far registered more than 246100 across the country.
He said the scheme currently has a population of 11.3 million and last year alone with over 29.5 million attendance recorded at the various hospitals using the NHIS card.
Mr Kusi said this at the registration of over 600 aged men and women in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region.
The vulnerable and aged registration spearheaded by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the National Health Insurance Scheme formed part of activities by the government to change and transform the lives of the populace.
Mr Kusi said so far 3000 head porters, 11800 aged people, 220,000 children in school feeding schools and 1130 prisoners have benefitted from the government intervention of making health care more accessible to the needy and vulnerable in society.
Another such social intervention is the Urban Elderly Welfare card being distributed across the country to enable the elderly access public transport at a discounted rate and given priority attention at both private and public institutions.
Mr Emmanuel Armah-Buah, the Member of Parliament for the area, said government was mindful of the welfare and social protection of the people in the country.
“This has necessitated the various development projects throughout the country to raise the standard of living and ensure better security for its citizenry”.
The MP, who is also the Minister for Energy, said the interest of the vulnerable group in the society continues to be priority on the list of government adding that LEAP and other such interventions were meant to improve their standard of living.
Mr Daniel Eshun, the District Chief Executive of Ellembelle, said the District was grateful to government for the many development projects in the area.
He mentioned the construction of a fire station, road network improvement, sanitation facilities and the introduction of school feeding programme in 18 public schools as significant contribution to empowering the people and improving their lot.
The occasion was also used to distribute items including, rice, scarf, T-shirt and drinks to the old men and women amidst music.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.