A total of 411 street children and other vulnerable persons have been registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The beneficiaries, who reside at the Tema Station, Agbogbloshie, Adabraka and its environs, had their NHIS regisgration sponsored by the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) and Toyota Ghana Company Limited as part of their corporate social responsibilities.
With their registration, the beneficiaries can now access free health care from NHIS service-delivery health facilities.
Speaking to the media after the beneficiaries were presented with the NHIS cards at the Obra Spot, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the Managing Director of GCGL, Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, said the free registration was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility of giving back to the community and also to contribute to the health of its customers and clients.
He urged the beneficiaries to do well to renew their insurance annually in order to continuously benefit from the scheme.
He also appealed to health authorities to take a second look at the scheme to ensure that cancer treatment was included in the scheme.
Mr Ashigbey also pledged GCGL’s readiness to extend the registration to other regions of the country, including the registration of
newspaper vendors and newspaper agents of the company.
The Scheme Manager of the Osu Klottey Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, Mr N. L. Bortey, also advised the beneficiaries to utilise the opportunity given them by visiting the hospital regularly and also maintain personal hygiene.
The Public Relations Manager of Toyota Ghana, Madam Ama Orleans Lindsay, said the company was proud to give support to the needy in the area of health care.
“Toyota Ghana is proud to have provided support to the needy and vulnerable in the society, especially the street children, and we look forward to providing more support in the near future,” she said.
The registration of the beneficiaries was done last year with support from Pathfinder’s Outreach Ministry, an NGO offering help to street children, which mobilised the beneficiaries.
A beneficiary, who gave his name as Kofi, thanked Toyota Ghana Limited and GCGL for their kind gesture and called on other organisations to emulate their effort.