The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MOGCSP) and the Ghana School Feeding Programme, have launched an ambitious initiative aimed at enrolling every child in the lower primary school onto the NHIS.
This is part of the Gender Ministry’s drive to secure quality healthcare to vulnerable children, apart from being provided with one hot meal a day, while in school.
The ministry led by Nana Oye Lithur, believes that there is a need to ensure that the children are catered for when they fall sick, apart from attracting them into the classroom by taking care of their nutritional needs.
The programme also engages the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the directors of the various districts in which the school feeding programme is being implemented.
They are to help the NHIS accurately map out the number of kids from kindergarten to lower primary in each district to be freely registered onto the health scheme.
The NHIS Director in-charge of Membership and Regional Operations, Ben Kusi, described the programmme as a unique one, and urged each partner agencies to be up and doing to ensure it reaches the rightful beneficiaries.
Mr. Kusi, noted that these kids are the future legacies of the older generation, so programmes such as this, are necessary to protect them.
The Gender Ministry on its part, assured participants who converged at Cape Coast from selected districts in Western and Central Regions, that they are similar programmes to be rolled out to ensure that kids who are not on the school feeding schools programme were captured.
Most of the participants were a bit concerned that if care was not taken, many kids, would never access some of these social oriented programmes of government through no fault of theirs.
They demanded that, the programme is extended to cover every kid in most deprived communities irrespective of their location.