Nana Oye Lithur
Nana Oye Lithur

The Minister, who announced this at a New Year party for the elderly in Tamale, said the aged fund would be used to address ageing challenges and create a social safety net for the elderly in the country.

Nana-Oye-Lithur-Minister-of-GenderChildren-and-Social-Protection.-1-620x330The New Year party for the elderly was organized by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) where it distributed quantities of rice, cooking oil and pairs of slippers to the elderly as well as freely registered them (600 elderly persons from the Tamale Metropolis) onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enjoy free health care.

MoGCSP also used the ceremony to freely register 300 inmates of the Tamale Central Prison onto the NHIS to enjoy free health care.

Madam Oye Lithur said the Attorney General had finalized the Ageing Bill and it would be presented to cabinet this first quarter where it would be referred to Parliament for passage into law to pave way for the establishment of the aged fund.

She said this would amongst others ensure that ageing would no longer become a dreaded experience as experienced by some people.

She also spoke about the initiative to freely register elderly persons from 65 years and above onto the NHIS saying it was a demonstration of the government’s resolve to ensure that the elderly were well taken care of in the country.

The Minister said MoGCSP had so far registered 10,000 elderly persons in the Greater Accra, Volta, Eastern, and Ashanti Regions free for NHIS adding 6000 inmates of the Nsawam, Koforidua, Kumasi, Ankaful, Ho and Navrongo were also registered free for NHIS by MoGCSP.

She said an Ageing Council was inaugurated to regulate the implementation of the National Ageing Policy as well as establishing an Ageing Desk at the MoGCSP to address issues on the elderly.

Mr Ben Kusi, Director of Membership and Regional Operations of the National Health Insurance Authority, said the drive to register the elderly onto the NHIS was in line with the social protection mandate of the NHIA hence its support for the initiative.

Alhaji Hanan Gundadow, Mayor of Tamale, emphasized the need for education to guarantee a better future for all.

Mr Mahama Sumani Tunaa, an elderly person from Gbabshei, who benefited from the initiative, expressed gratitude to government for the recognition and the initiative to freely register the elderly onto the NHIS.

GNA

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