About 1500 residents of Adabraka and its environs in the Greater Accra Region, on Saturday March 30, benefitted from a free National Health Insurance Scheme registration exercise, organized by Member of Parliament for the Klottey Korle Constituency, Hon Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings.
The exercise comprised free registration, renewal and replacement. It covered all manner of persons,especially the aged, children as well as the vulnerable.
For the new registration and replacement, residents only have to present their full name, date of birth and possible contact telephone or mobile phone number, while those whose NHIS cards have expired were instantly renewed.
Speaking to the media later, Dr Zanetor said the free NHIS registration exercise was to ensure that as many vulnerable people as possible in the constituency are benefited from the NHIS policy
According to her, Health is an essential component in the development of every community and obtaining the NHIS card would enable the beneficiaries to enjoy the various healthcare benefits under the national health insurance policy.
The exercise, which was carried out by officials of the Klottey Korle area branch of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), was fully funded by the MP.
Dr Zanetor, expressed her determination to extend the offer to more communities in the constituency.
While, advising the beneficiaries to strive to handle the NHIS membership cards issued them properly to enable them to source healthcare, the young legislator also asked the beneficiary to save money towards their health.
” I personally think that, we should not toy with our health needs and those we can help to access healthcare we should not hesitate. This exercises is to help the constituent who for one reason or the other could not register onto the NHIS to register. There are some who have registered but due to financial constraints, they are unable to renew their membership with the Scheme. So this exercises will go a long way to assist many of the constituent,” she stated.
She reminded them of the key role good health played in the administration of individuals, families, communities and appealed to them to ensure effective and continuous sound environmental sanitation.
Mr Daniel Kojo Larbi, leader of NHIS team urged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the exercise to improve on their healthcare and called on other benevolent organisations and humanitarians to also consider helping the needy in the society.
Mr Charles Gbe, member of Zanetor’s team said, the free health insurance registration in the constituency would offer some healthcare relief to its most vulnerable residents.
He praised the beneficiaries for their high sense of comportment and cooperation.
Some beneficiaries could not hide their joy over the exercise and eulogised the MP for bringing healthcare closer to them.
“We are very grateful; we thank everybody who came here to support us, since we have our NHIS we can now visit any hospital any time we are not feeling fine,” a Resident who identified himself as Nathan Titus-Glover said.
Another Resident who identified herself as “Hajia Tudu” said, the NHIS Card would go a long way to help them access primary healthcare, but called on the government to review the renewal fee to enable those who are not working to protect them against all types of communicable diseases.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba