NHIS registers 95,364 people in Akuapem North

A total of 95,364 people have so far been registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the Akuapem North District.

Mr George Opare-Addo, District Chief Executive (DCE) who made this known at the Assembly’s meeting at Akropong on Thursday, said the figure represented 91 percent coverage of the district’s population.

He said in 2010 the scheme managed to generate GH¢113,532.30 as Internally Generated Fund (IGF) from premium, GH¢107,753.30 as processing fees, and GH¢1,976,384.32 as reinsurance.

Mr Opare- Addo said between January and July this year, the scheme generated GH¢1,700,408.25 as IGF, processing fees and reinsurance.

He therefore appealed to all assembly members to continue to educate their people, especially those who had so far not registered with the scheme to do so for them to achieve the 100 per cent coverage.

Mr Opare-Addo expressed worry about falling standard of education in the area, saying that the assembly annually spent more than three quarters of its resources on education alone, but it had not achieved the needed results.

He said the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results in the district over the years were still not satisfactory as some schools continued to score zero per cent year after year.

Mr Opare-Addo appealed to the education directorate and all stakeholders to join hands together to find solutions to the problems confronting the sector.

Touching on the National Youth Employment Programme, Mr Opare- Addo said the various modules continued to engage the youth, although there had been some changes in the number of beneficiaries.

He said under the Youth Teaching Assistant module, the number reduced from 109 to 44, Youth in Health Extension 66, Youth in Sewing 20, Youth in Security Services 20 and Youth in Information Technology (ICT) 30.

Mr Opare- Addo said under the Youth- in-Agriculture programme, a total of 150 acres of maize had been cultivated at Kwamoso during the 2010 major season.

He said in all a total of 296 farmers comprising 244 males and 52 females participated during the major season, while 120 made up of 97 males 23 females participated during the minor season.

The DCE said to improve upon the revenue mobilization performance, a capacity building seminar was organized for the revenue staff, who were also provided with uniforms, raincoats, boots and identification cards among others.

He said as at June this year, the assembly had collected GH¢135,380.73 out of GH¢422,000.00 budgeted for the year.

Mr Opare-Addo attributed the variance to the refusal of the telecommunication companies to pay their rates and licenses fees.

Source: GNA

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