Elderly persons in the Ejura Sekyere-dumasi district in the Ashanti region will benefit from free ‘Eban’ welfare card with a rebate of 50% of their transportation fares when they board public buses.
The aged who were registered on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), will board Metro Mass, O.A buses as well as vehicles of other transport unions in the country.
Photo File Officials Of National Health Insurance Authority Registering Elderly Persons In Ejura Municipality
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection registered 500 aged persons above 65 years in the Ejura Sekyere-dumasi district.
The Minister, Nana Oye-Lithur said government will continue to support the welfare of the aged to help them enjoy their retirement.
‘With this card an elderly person gets a 50% rebate when she/he boards a bus. Metro mass bus, O.A, GPRTU, PROTOA, Ghana cooperative transport are all offering similar services to the aged through the intervention of government,’ she stated.
The elderly persons will also receive priority services when they go to the banks and hospitals.
‘ The government wants to put smiles on the faces of our beloved mothers and fathers in the twilight of their years, who have sacrificed and contributed positively to the socio -economic development of our dear economy,’ she said.
According to the Minister, the exercise is in line with government’s commitment to ensure that the less privileged have free health care.
Photo File: Retired Ghanaian citizens in their Dance Mood after Free NHIA Registration at Ejura Municipality
‘We have registered elderly persons in Eastern region, Volta and Central regions and also we are here in Ashanti region, we are hitting almost 10,000 elderly persons, we have also registered vulnerable persons in witches’ camps, orphanage homes, leprosarium across the country, NHIS is one of the initiatives of Government that ensures that the elderly in societies are taken care of,’ she indicated.
The initiative which started 2 years ago by the ministry in collaboration with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), registered about 10,000 elderly persons in the Volta, Central and Eastern regions.