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Health News of Thursday, 24 November 2005

Source: GNA

Low NHIS patronage at Winneba

Winneba, Nov 24, GNA - Mr Solomon Abam Quaye, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Awutu-Effutu-Senya, has expressed concern about the low patronage in the registration for the District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme to replace the cash and carry system in providing quality health care.

He said the scheme for which one had to pay a premium of only 72,000 cedis annually.

Mr Abam Quaye announced this when he addressed a passing out ceremony of the Winneba zone of the National Association of Beauticians and Hairdressers.

He said the introduction of the Scheme was to ensure that people get access to affordable and quality health care, adding that the NHIS had reached an advance stage.

The DCE appealed to the members of the Association to convince their relatives, clients and friends on the need to lead lives devoid of immorality, which could lead to HIV/AIDS.

The DCE called on the apprentices who were passing out to be law abiding and to form cooperative to benefit form poverty alleviation interventions.

He said money under the intervention was not for housekeeping and urged them to endeavour to pay back for the benefit of others since it was a revolving fund.

Mr Abam Quaye stated that the District Assembly was still chasing defaulters and said that very soon their names would be published in the newspapers.

He called on the executive of the Association to organise workshops for their members on business management, strategic marketing, meet their obligations to the state including the payment of taxes and basic accounting to enhance their work.

Mrs Margaret Brown, Central Regional President of the Association, charged the passing out apprentices to continue practising what they had learnt and to respect their mistresses and masters.

She urged parents to support their daughters in urban areas to learn trades since failure to do that would lead them into immorality. Mrs Cecilia Coffie, Winneba Zone President of the Association advised the members to keep their salons tidy to attract more customers.

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