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30.10.2007 Business & Finance

NGO Pays Insurance Premium For Flood Victims

The Northern Ghana Aid, a Tamale-based non-governmental organisation,in partnership with two international NGOs, has paid full health insurance premiums for 200 flood victims in 10 communities in the Arigu Traditional Area in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region.

The payment is part of the contribution by the NGO to helping flood victims in the most deprived areas where aid cannot reach.

The international NGOs are Doctors World Wide (DWW), a British NGO and Deniz Feneri (Light House Association), a Turkish NGO.

The three NGOs run active projects in 38 countries in Asia, eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa and aimed at poverty reduction through skills training, income generating ventures, education and provision of safe drinking water to deprived communities.

The Executive Director of NOGAID, Mr Mustapha Sanah, who paid the premiums on behalf of the NGO consortium, said the money was part of a ¢490-million (GH¢49,000) package for flood victims in Arigu and surrounding communities.

Earlier, the NGO consortium had presented two truckloads of relief items to the West Mamprusi District Assembly for distribution to the Arigu communities.

The items included 200 bags of maize, 200 bags of rice, 100 bags of cement, 20 bags of sugar and 10 bales of used clothing. The rest are 10 packets of roofing sheets, 400 packs of cooking oil, 20 boxes of soap and drugs.

The Deputy International Relations Manager of Deniz Feneri, Mr Abdulahad Kokdagi, expressed sorrow about the plight of the flood victims and called for more support for them.