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27.12.2005 Health

Dormaa to establish Health Insurance complaints desk

By GNA
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Dormaa-Ahenkro (B/A), Dec. 27 GNA - Dormaa District Assembly in conjunction with the District Health Insurance Scheme and the District Health Service is to establish a complaints desk to address public complaints about the scheme. Squadron Leader Benjamin Anane Asamoah (rtd), District Chief Executive, who announced this at the Assembly's general meeting at Dormaa-Ahenkro, explained that the desk would help to make the scheme sustainable.

The DCE said arbitration by the panel would dwell more on advice and exhortation of health care givers alleged to be showing contempt for patients under the scheme. Sq. Leader Asamoah urged the people to take advantage of the re-opening of the register and get registered to be able to enjoy the benefits of the scheme.

On development projects, the DCE said the Assembly had taken delivery of 2.7 billion cedis as its three quarters' share of the District Assemblies' Common Fund for 2005 and had allocated it for 29 projects spread throughout the district. They included the strengthening of the district's local government sub-structures, construction of school blocks, provision of matching fund for Social Investment Fund projects and the construction of the first phase of a district sports stadium. Sq. Leader Anane-Asamoah said the Assembly's Poverty Alleviation Fund would be committed to its employment programme and that a district employment taskforce had been constituted. He said the target areas for the employment programme included rural education volunteers, auxiliary health assistants, youth in sanitation and waste management, fish and crop farming and youth in other agricultural ventures.

The DCE said 399.2 million cedis representing 42.7 per cent of the capitation grant for the District had been received and a total of 277 basic schools were expected to benefit from it. The DCE renewed his call on stakeholders in the district's anti-bushfire campaign to assume a more pro-active stance in the discharge of their civic obligation and to desist from shielding persons, who might flout the rules on environmental protection.

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