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09.02.2005 Health

12,000 people register for health insurance at Oguaa

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Cape Coast, Feb 09, GNA - A total of 12,000 people have been registered for the health insurance scheme in the Cape Coast municipality, the manager of the scheme known as the 'Oguaa Mansin' health insurance scheme, Mr Reindorf Osei, said on Wednesday. Mr Osei told the GNA in an interview that his office has completed a coding exercise for the scheme and that premium for the scheme ranged between 72,000 cedis and 480,000 cedis per annum per person.

He said registration of workers in the formal sector was yet to begin and that personnel to handle that will soon be trained. Mr Osei said his office had contacted the municipal office of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to provide it with the needed data on contributors.

He said a sensitisation programme is being carried out in all the 42 communities in the municipality with a target population of about 120,000 to encourage people to join the scheme.

Mr Osei said his office was "working around the clock" to ensure that the scheme takes off by June.

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