To enable the less privileged in society to have access to quality health services and medical attention, Bryan Acheampong Foundation (BAF), a Non-Governmental Organisation has registered 5,000 people onto the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Abetifi, the Director of the Foundation, Mr Eric Nyarko, said beneficiaries of the intervention were mainly children under five years, older people, persons living with HIV and community mobilisers across all the 146 communities within the District.
He said the Foundation had plans to enrol pregnant women and the physically challenged unto the programme and explained that, most of the beneficiaries were unable to seek medical attention at various health facilities due to lack of money .
Mr Nyarko said the Foundation would also sponsor the training of Community Health Nurses in Midwifery Assistants as well as mental health promotion.
He said the foundation was ready to support beneficiaries of the training by providing them with tricycles to serve the hard to reach communities in the District.
Mr Nyarko said the Foundation would rehabilitate CHPS compounds, supply essential medical equipment and logistics, support screening and training of food vendors, school health education and specialised health screening services.
He commended the management and staff of the NHIS for working to ensure the success of the registration exercise.
Mr Fredrick Gakurah of NHIS said so far, 68,000 people, representing 70 per cent of the people in both Kwahu South and East Districts had registered with the Scheme and advised those who had not done so to endeavour to register.
He pleaded with the Foundation to assist the scheme with the needed logistics to enable them run outreach registration.
The NGO, which had been in existence for the past ten months had focused on empowering people to be resilient against poverty and championing development in the Kwahu area and beyond.