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27.11.2004 Health

"Don't politicise Mutual Health Scheme"-DCE

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Akwatia, Nov. 27, GNA - The Kwaebibirim District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Yaw Boakye Yiadom on Friday warned Ghanaians against the politicisation of the Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, to ensure that the less privileged in the society had access to quality health care. He said the "cash and carry system", which required front-payment of medical bills, created a barrier between the users of health facilities and the providers, since people with financial problems could not have access to health care.

Mr Boakye-Yiadom was addressing a durbar organised by the Akwatia Ladies and Gentlemen Club, a benevolent society at Akwatia, to climax activities marking it 10th anniversary celebration. He advised supporters of political parties not to allow their leaders to instigate them to engage in acts of lawlessness, adding that, the law would not spare anyone who would fall foul of it.

The President of the Club, Ms Allen Adwoa Owusuaa, said the society, was assisting 20 needy but brilliant children in basic schools in Akwatia to improve the standards of education in the area. She presented 20 school uniforms on behalf of the society to the pupils and appealed to parents to invest in the education of their children and to assist them acquire skills and knowledge required for national development.

In a report, the Secretary of the Club, Mr Joseph Sarpong, said the club would identify the aged in the town and offer them the necessary assistance to make them happy.

Barimah Amoa Kuko Nitriawa II, the Akim Dweneasehene, advised members of the club to collaborate with the opinion leaders towards the development of the area.

He expressed concern about the high incidence of HIV/AIDS cases in the country and asked married couples to be faithful to their partners and the youth to avoid pre-marital sex to prevent the spread of the disease.

Members of the club earlier in the day undertook a clean-up exercise and later played a friendly football match against Akwatia Youngsters Club, which they won by 2-1.

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