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23.01.2006 Health

Buruli ulcer patients advised to register with NHIS


Agroyesum (Ash), Jan. 23, GNA- Buruli ulcer patients, who will attend Saint Martin's Catholic Hospital at Agroyesum in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region, without National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) identity cards, will now be required to pay their hospital bills.

Mr John Bawa, the Administrator of the health institution, told the GNA on Monday at Agroyesum, that the measure had become necessary due to the huge unpaid bills owed to the hospital by patients.

He, therefore, advised buruli ulcer patients and their relatives to register with the scheme to enable them benefit from the services of the hospital.

Mr Bawa said the measure would also apply to all people exempted from the payment of bills, under the government policy on pregnant women and the aged.

He said the government owed the hospital about 450 million cedis being unpaid bills of buruli ulcer patients and the beneficiaries under the exception scheme. Mr Bawa, therefore, appealed to the government to reimburse the amount to the hospital to ensure its smooth administration.