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31.08.2003 Health

Govt allocates money for Nkoranza Health Insurance Scheme

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Nkoranza (B/A) Aug. 31, GNA - The Government has allocated 100 million cedis to support the Nkoranza Community Health Insurance Scheme and to encourage the people to patronize it.

The gesture is also to promote the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which is aimed at making health delivery services affordable and available to all.

Mr Kwame Amporfo-Twumasi, Nkoranza District Chief Executive, disclosed this at the launch of Divine HIV/AIDS Volunteers, a community based organisation at Nkoranza.

He noted that enough had been said about the pandemic, "what is left now is for every one to be careful of his or her life as the pandemic has no respect for anybody."

The DCE appealed to parents not to neglect their daughters as that, could lead the girls to feel needy and indulge in sexual promiscuity.

Mr. Solomon Obeng-Danquah, District Monitoring and Evaluation focal person of the pandemic stressed the need for the people to adhere to the education against the pandemic so that the huge expenses made by the government do not go to waste.

He deplored the practice by some people to shun the company of persons living with the pandemic, saying the practice was demoralizing and made the victims sad and dejected in life.

Family members, friends and the entire people should show love and compassion to such persons and encourage them so they can live longer, he added.

Mr. Obeng-Danquah announced that the government has plans to provide food supplement as aid to HIV/Aid victims to support them and therefore, called on affected victims to register their names with the local CBOs in their areas for the assistance.

In a welcoming address, Mr. Kwadwo Mensah, secretary of the CBO, appealed to the Nkoranza District Assembly to enact by-laws to check schoolchildren from attending video shows, concerts, dances or watching pornographic films.

Mr. Mensah announced that members of the organisation would visit churches to advocate for the formation of virgin clubs to encourage girls to lead morally upright lives to remain healthy.

Meanwhile, a drama troupe of the CBO is undertaking a sensitisation drama exercise on the causes, effects and preventive measures against the disease throughout the district.

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