07.05.2005 Regional News

Constituents asked to be patient for smooth MHIS take-off

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Maase (Ash), May 7, GNA -Mr Emmanuel Asamoa Owusu-Ansah, Deputy Minister for Justice and Attorney General, has called on his constituents not to regret the delay of the implementation of the Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) in the Kwabre district.

He said there is the need for them to exercise restraint to enable the officials of the scheme to put in place the necessary structures and documents for the smooth implementation of the scheme.

The Deputy Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwabre West, noted that the scheme is a new health administration, which replaces the old 'cash and carry', and it must be planned well to succeed.

He was answering questions on the scheme at a forum at Maase as part of his tour of the constituency last Tuesday. The two-day visit was to brief the constituents of deliberations of Parliament and also to listen to their problems and how best to solve them.

He held durbars with the chiefs and people of Ebom/Bomfa, Adwumakaase-Kese, Adubinso-Biaa and Adubinso-Kese, Adubinso-Besease, Edwinase, Maase, Akosoa, Essen, Besease and Atimatim.

In all, the communities, the deputy Minister told the people that their health was very crucial to their physical development and urged them not to hesitate to pay their premium to the scheme.

At Ebom/Bomfa and Adwumakaase-Kese, Mr Owusu-Ansah urged the chiefs to find an amicable settlement to the numerous land disputes in the area.

He said land litigation must not lead to bloodshed and in all cases, they should go to appropriate quarters for redress to ensure rapid development of the area.

At Edwinase, the MP called on the contractor executing the Self-Help Electrification Project (SHEP) at Brofoyedru, Ampabame, Atrama, Agyako-Buoho, Essen, Akosoa, Besease and Edwinase to speed up work to be able to complete the project on schedule. At Maase, he told the people that the government was very much concerned about rural dwellers and that its attention is not only on cocoa farmers but all workers.

All the chiefs and spokespersons of the towns he visited were full of praises for President Kufuor for appointing Mr Owusu-Ansah as a Minister.

They complained, among others, lack of good drinking water, poor road network in the constituency, supply of electricity, lack of toilet facilities and construction of new school blocks and libraries. May 07 05

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