The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), have organised a free registration process of NHIS for 500 aged people in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region.
The registration, a loyal duty of the ministry to promote sustainable national development is aimed at empowering and promoting the health of the aged and vulnerable persons in the society
The ministry also made a donation of blankets, mattresses and other disaster relief items to the victims of floods in the municipality.
Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection said the ministry is ensuring an effective implementation of the National Aging Policy and has also established an Aging Desk to addressed issues related to the elderly, she added.
She said the Ministry has the obligation to protect the rights of persons with disability and to register those who are 70 years and above with the NHIS free of charge.
“NHIA has consistently registered 3,500 Ghanaians elderly and vulnerable persons and in Greater Accra Region we will be registering 10,000 persons above 70 years, “she added.
The Ministry aside the aged were also fed them during the exercise.
Nana Lithur said the exercise would also be organised throughout Ghana, adding: “The Ministry’s responsibility towards the elderly is to safeguard their rights, freedoms and welfare as provided in our constitution”.
The Awomefia of the Keta State, Togbe Sri III said the floods caused a lot of damage, hence the visit of the minister shows the concern of the government to the people of the Anloga State.
The Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Kofi Humado called on government to extend the Keta Sea Defence Wall to some other parts of the area to protect lives and property.