Over 2,000 residents of Osu within the Klottey Korley Constituency of the Greater Accra Region have had their National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards renewed and registered free under the sponsorship of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings.
The free NHIS renewal exercise which cost thousands of cedis was funded by the MP from her share of the District Assembly Common Fund.
The move was undertaken by the MP to get many of the people in the constituency who could not access health due to their expired cards,while others received new registration onto the scheme.
Dr Zanetor told Journalists during the exercises that it was her obligation to ensure that residents in the constituency had access to health care.
She said the NHIS was instituted as a pro-poor security measure aimed at protecting the lives of citizens against the high cost of medical services, but observed that the current cost of renewal was stil on the high for certain persons within the constituency hence the free exercises.
While calling on government and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to consider reviewing the structure of NHIS to enable more underprivileged persons to benefit, Dr Zanetor assured she would channel a large percentage of her share of the common fund into health.
She explained that, health is very important and that one could not have everything he or she desire but without health, stressing that good health is the backbone of a good and fulfilling life.
The Klottey Korle lawmaker further noted that a healthy population is a productive population and that she would continue to lobby the government to ensure that health institutions in the constituency were well resourced to bring about improved conditions in health services delivery.
She promised to replicate the exercises in all the zones within the constituency and urged the people to embrace the free exercises and get register onto the NHIS in order to have access to medical services at all times.
Some of the residents who spoke to THE REPUBLIC, commended the MP for the free NHIS renewal and registration exercised for they would now have opportunity to access health care with their cards.
They further expressed their appreciation to the MP and vowed to vote to retain her in the next general election.
It was gathered that some of the residents could not renew their expired cards due to cost and others said, they did not know that they have to renew it even if they have not use it to access health.
The NHIS has made it possible for subscribers to renew their membership cards with their mobile phones, but again some of the residents of Osu said,they were not aware of it, while others claimed they do not have phones to do so.
Source: the Republic responsible.com/Felix Nyaaba