06.06.2005 Regional News

38,200 people register with NHIS at Dormaa District

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Dormaa Ahenkro (B/A), June 6, GNA - Out of the population of 148,000 at the Dormaa District of the Brong Ahafo Region, 38,200 people have registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Mr Martin Amponsah, District Coordinator of the NHIS, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview said the figures indicated that 11,000 children have also registered.

"The statistics show that more people in the Dormaa Ahenkro zone have registered," and commended the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) for its immense assistance towards the preparatory process.

Mr Amponsah said DANIDA had provided the scheme with computers and accessories, a scanner, 28,000 pieces of identity cards, an electrical gadget to ensure interrupted power supply and 68 million cedis for administrative and human resource capacity building. He said the biggest problem confronting the scheme, was lack of transport facilities, which undermine monitoring and mobilization of the programme.

Mr Amponsah urged Ghanaians to de-politicise the policy and rather accord it the necessary attention it deserves to make it viable and responsive to the health needs of the people. He appealed to public- spirited individuals and organisations in the district to donate generously towards the smooth take-off of the scheme. 06 June 05

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