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General News Thu, 25 Sep 2008

Vote NDC to overhaul NHIS - Naadu Mills

Accra, Sept 25, GNA - A government of the National Democratic Congress under Professor John Evans Atta Mills will overhaul and remove all the bottle-necks in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to make quality and affordable medical-care accessible to all Ghanaians. This was stated by Mrs Naadu Mills, wife of the NDC Presidential candidate during a visit to Ussher Polyclinic and James Town Maternity Clinic in Accra.

She was on an outreach programme to health institutions, markets and lorry parks to solicit support for Prof Mills and the NDC. Accompanied by Mr E T Mensah, a National Vice Chairman of the Party; Mr Jonathan Tackie-Komme, MP for Odododiodioo; Regional and constituency executives of the NDC, Mrs Mills was conducted round the various units of the two health institutions by Dr Emily Onuoha, Medical Officer in charge.

After inspecting the facilities at the Ussher Polyclinic, Mrs Mills presented bags of rice, beverages, sugar, milk and other provisions to the centre for the upkeep of the inpatients.

At the Maternity Clinic, Mrs Mills, after interacting with nursing mothers and their babies, distributed weighing bags, diapers and sanitary towels to the institution.

Addressing the staff and patients, she called on them to exercise their franchise properly in December by voting for Professor Mills and the parliamentary candidate, Mr Tackie-Komme. She said the NDC introduced the NHIS on a pilot basis when it was in power and not the New Patriotic Party administration. From the Maternity Clinic, Mrs Mills and her entourage, accompanied by a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters with brass band music, stopped at Timber Market, Agbogbloshie Market and Kokomba Yam Market were she addressed "umbrella meetings".

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Mr E. T. Mensah called on the people to compare the track record of the NDC as a social democratic party with that of the NPP's property owning agenda and vote for the one that had the welfare of the people at heart.

He urged them to disregard "empty promises" being made by Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo to make education free at the secondary level. Mr Mensah held that the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education, the capitation grant and the school feeding programme were all constitution provisions and not the "goodwill" of the government. He asked the people to vote for the NDC in the elections to ensure change that "attracts" and not to merely go forward with economic hardship and deprivation.

He gave the assurance that as a tax expert, Prof Atta Mills would review the tax system to reduce rent and other tolls paid by market women to boost economic activity. Mr Tackie Komme reminded the people of the achievements and good work of Prof Mills when he was the Vice President and called on the people to disregard the empty promises of the NPP. He urged the people to stand solidly behind the NDC to win the December election to form the next government and to retain the Odododiodioo seat.

The Greater Accra Regional Women's Organiser, Madam Vivian Ankrah, called on market women to support the NDC because it proved that it cared for the people when it was in office to end the hardship that they were facing.

Mr Daniel Okai, the constituency chairman, stressed the need to change the government to put and end to what he called "high school fees and medical bills" and to make life easier for the youth. There was a show of political maturity when after the mini rally at the Timber Market, Mrs Naadu Mills and her entourage stopped by the office of the NPP close to that of the NDC to exchange fraternal greetings with officials there. 25 Sept. 08

Source: GNA
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