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07.09.2005 Health

11,588 register with the AOB District Insurance Scheme

GNA

Breman Asikuma (C/R), Sept. 7, GNA - Eleven thousand, five hundred and eighty-eight (11,588) people in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa (AOB) District in the Central Region, have so far registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

They are made up of 1,200 from the formal sector, 2119 from the informal, 842 from those above the age of 70 years and 7259 are children under 18 years and 168 being the indigent.

Mr Eric Owusu Appiah, the District Scheme Manager said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Breman Asikuma on Tuesday. He said the Scheme had signed the necessary contract with the health institutions in the district to offer free health service to members of the scheme.

He mentioned the health institutions as those at Amonfopong, Beedum, Aweeamu, Brakwa, Odoben and Asikuma. According to Mr Appiah, people who have registered with the scheme started enjoying medical service from these health institutions, since the beginning of September this year.

He appealed to those, who have not registered to do so to enable them receive free medical attention. Dr. Francis Bentil, a senior medical officer of Our Lady of Grace Hospital at Breman Asikuma, urged Ghanaians not to allow politicians to mislead them about scheme.

He said the health providers would offer quality health service to the public to ensure the success of the scheme.

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