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PWDs to enjoy free NHIS registration

wpid-nhis.jpgThe Jomoro District Manager of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr. Daniel Foli Eddem, has announced that People with Disabilities (PWDs) would be registered free-of-charge under the Scheme.

The move is to enable PWDs access quality health care at the various public health facilities across the country in fulfillment of the government’s commitment to addressing the health needs of the physically challenged.

Mr. Eddem announced this during an engagement with members of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) at Half-Assini, in the Western Region.

The event was organised by GFD in collaboration with United Civil Society Organizations for National Development (UCSOND), a non-governmental organisation.

Mr. Eddem said those who have already insured themselves would have their NHIS cards renewed for free when expired while those who are yet to be captured would be registered free-of-charge.

He, therefore, advised those not captured under the Scheme to contact the Department of Social Welfare in the district for certification of their disability before being registered.

Meanwhile, Mr. Michael Aboagye, the District Chairman of GFD, expressed concern about the continued stigmatization of people with disabilities in some communities and educational institutions and asked for an end as individual is prone to disability.

He appealed to the government to post sign interpreters to public health facilities to ensure quality health care delivery for those with hearing impairment conditions.

He also expressed the Federation?s frustration over delay in receiving its share of the District Assemblies? Common Fund, saying the situation had affected the education of some its members.

Mr.Wisdom Quiku, President of UCSOND, said the NGO seeks to mobilize all Civil Society Organizations together to demand accountability and transparency from the country?s duty bearers.

He said some public buildings in the country are still not disability friendly despite the passage of the Disability Act, Act 715.

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