Mad rush for NHIS Cards as government adds childhood cancers to the scheme
Residents of Chorkor and its environs lined up to register their kids in the National Health Insurance Scheme
The District Manager of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) at Ashiedu Keteke, Mr Christian Asante has expressed his gratitude to the people of Chorkor for the massive turn up during the registration and enrolment on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
He hinted that the government in its quest to address the health needs of children have added childhood cancers to the scheme which includes kidney, leukaemia, solid tumour, eye as well as family planning services free of charge at the respective hospitals in the country.
The District Manager explained that the addition of childhood cancer to the NHIS will play a key role in aiding the survival of children with cancer. Adding that children with such challenges must not be neglected by family members due to financial difficulties.
Mr Christian Asante made this during the registration exercise at Chorkor, a suburb of Accra, which witnessed thousands of people being registered and enrolled on the scheme. The mass registration exercise forms part the weeklong celebration of the NHIS.
He said the National Health Insurance card is now linked with the Ghana card hence holders of both cards will receive healthcare delivery at NHIS registered hospitals across the country.
According to him, the ongoing registration exercise is also held at Ablekuma, Osu, La, and therefore urged the citizens to take advantage of the exercise. He urged all to take advantage of the exercise and prioritize their health.
It will be recalled that the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) launched its long week NHIS celebration with the theme, “NHIS”: Using the Ghana card for expanding access to health care. Commencing on the 15th to 21st November 2021. Activities comprising of awareness creation through floats on the principal streets of Accra, roadshows in the regions and districts, customer services, public lecture, registration and renewal using Ghana card and climax with thanksgiving service by management and staffs.
Ms Ruby Commey, a resident of Chorkor in an interview expressed her delight after successfully receiving her card and urged all residents who have not yet enrolled on the scheme to quickly take advantage of the ongoing exercise.