The Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection has extended its registration of Prison inmates onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to the three prisons in the Ashanti region.
About 1,700 prisons inmates in Ashanti are expected to be captured after the registration of prisons inmates in the Manhyia, Kumasi Central and Amanfrom camp prisons.
The initiative which started few months ago has at least captured over 6000 vulnerable persons including persons with disability and prison inmates in Eastern and Western region.
Addressing prison inmates at the Kumasi central prison, the Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur said the registration is in line with the ruling National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) manifesto to address the health needs of vulnerable in the Ghanaian society.
She believed it is the duty of the government to pull the marginalized, vulnerable, disadvantaged, and the poor onto the mainstream of the social economic order.
Kumasi City Mayor Kojo Bonsu interacting with Nana Oye-lithur Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection at Kumasi Central Prison
‘This initiative started six months ago and has been able to register over 6000 prisoners unto the national health scheme free of charge. This is to demonstrate to the people of Ghana that the Mahama government cares about the vulnerable population, no matter what your circumstance is. As our NDC’s manifesto states, as social democratic, we believe it is the duty of the government to should pull the marginalized, vulnerable, disadvantage the poor into the mainstream of the social economic order,’ she said.
Nana Oye Lithur Dancing with Prison Inmates
She stated that they are working hard to ensure the vulnerable of universal access to health care.
‘This is the right of every Ghanaian …we have come here to demonstrate our commitment as a government to carry everybody along free or bonded, government will leave no one behind, …the state is obliged under the constitution of Ghana to take all necessary steps to ensure the well being of citizens,’ she indicated.
The gender ministries in collaboration with the National health Insurance Authority (NHIA) have been able to register over 6000 elderly persons above 65 years on the scheme.