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02.01.2005 Health

Sekyere West registers 8,500 for Mutual Health Insurance Scheme

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Mampong (Ash), Dec 31, GNA-The Sekyere West District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (DMHIS) has so far registered 8,500 people since registration began in August 2004. An official of the scheme, Mr Michael Opoku, told the GNA in an interview that more than 13,000 people would be registered by the end of January 2005.

He said the enthusiasm shown by public sector workers to register with the scheme was encouraging but more public education is needed to create awareness among the general public.

''The scheme is to embark on an aggressive education campaign throughout the district to ensure total coverage.'' Mr Opoku said many people were reluctant to come join the scheme because they were not very sure of the outcome of the December 7 polls as they had fears that a new government might discontinue the programme. Mr Opoku said six registration assistants have been trained to assist staff of the scheme to mob up the registration of public sector workers.

He said workshops have also been scheduled for assembly members, administrators of health centres and clinics and other stakeholders to clarify their roles and solicit their support for the smooth take-off of the scheme.

Mr Opoku commended the Sekyere West district assembly for their support but called for more logistics and vehicle to enable them cover more communities.

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