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30.08.2005 Health

Awutus urged to register with NHIS


Awutu-Beraku(C/R), Aug.29, GNA - Three opinion leaders in the Awutu Traditional area on Monday urged the people to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

They are Abokuadi Whetey Agyemang Otabil III, Omanhene, Mr Solomon Kwashie Abbam-Quaye, District Chief Executive and Mr Abbey Oppey, MP for Awutu/Senya.

They made the call at a durbar organized by the Awutu Traditional Council at Awutu-Beraku to climax this year's Awubia festival. The three speakers at the ceremony told the people that they stood to derive maximum benefits from the Scheme to promote their health and that of their children below 18 years if they embraced it. Mr Abbam-Quaye and Mr Abbey Oppey expressed the hope that the inhabitants of the area would register and pay their premium of 72,000 cedis to speed up the implementation of the scheme in the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District.

Abokuadi Agyemang Otabil underscored the importance of education and charged parents and guardians to send their children to school, especially now that basic education had been made free. The Omanhene appealed to the Government to construct a hospital at Awutu-Beraku to replace the clinic.

He promised to release land for the project and to mobilise the people to offer communal labour if it was approved by the Government. Abokuadi Agyemang Otabil appealed to the Government to connect the town to the new Winneba Waterworks for regular supply of potable water. Mr Solomon Abbam-Quaye stated that more school blocks would be constructed if the people enrolled their children of school going age. The DCE asked inhabitants in the district to avoid littering to keep the clean and healthy.

He reminded the Chiefs of the adverse effect chieftaincy disputes had on development and urged them to save their money for development.