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20.10.2005 Regional News

Six thousand inhabitants of East Mamprusi benefiting from NHIS

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Nalerigu (N/R), Oct.20, GNA - Six thousand inhabitants who have paid their premiums and received their Identity Cards within the East Mamprusi district are benefiting from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Mr Baba Seidu, East Mamprusi Health Insurance Scheme Manager disclosed this in Nalerigu when Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, Northern Regional Minister, toured the district on Wednesday. Alhaji Boniface was in the district to inspect development projects, acquaint himself with the situation in the rural communities and interact with the chiefs and people.

Mr. Seidu said about 11,000 inhabitants from both the formal and informal sectors registered and paid their premiums of about 213 million cedis.

He said 6,000 people out of the 11,000 had received their Identity cards and were being treated free of charge at the Nalerigu Baptist Medical Centre (BMC) and other health institutions within the district. Mr. Seidu said the Scheme had made the first part payment of 13 million cedis to the BMC to ensure patients brought there were offered free treatment.

The Regional Minister appealed to the people to register with the Scheme, for better health care delivery. Alhaji Boniface advised the people eschew casual sex to curb the devastating HIV/AIDS menace in the country. The Regional Minister visited Langbinsi, Gambaga, Namasim and Nagboo and inaugurated development projects for the communities. The chiefs and people appealed for infrastructure development, particularly schools to ensure that their children attend schools.

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