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06.02.2006 Health

Asokwa sub-metro registers 15,000 for NHIS


Kumasi, Feb 6, GNA - The Asokwa sub-metro office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registered over 15,000 people last year, Mr Isaac Asare, the Scheme Manager, said. Out of the number, the formal sector registered 6,975 with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) registering the highest number of 2,430.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi at the weekend, Mr Asare said the scheme registered 8,025 people in the informal sector with 1,300 of them paying fully.

He said 602 aged and 57 children from the Kumasi Children's Home and 139 children from the King Jesus Care Centre at Boadi have also been registered.

Mr Asare attributed the low registration to the lukewarm attitude of people and the politicisation of the scheme.

He said the scheme had come to stay and that the earlier people accepted this and registered to benefit from it the better it would be for them since there was no turning back.