Adansi South district inaugurates Mutual HISNew Edubiase (Ash), Aug 3, GNA - Over 27,000 people have registered with the Adansi
South District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, Mr Richmond Sarkodie, the Scheme Manager has announced. He said 11,000 out
of the registered members qualified to benefit from the scheme whose operations started on August 1. Speaking at the inauguration
of the scheme at New Edubiase at the weekend, Mr Sarkodie said premiums amounting to 120 million cedis have so far been paid.
advised those who have not yet registered with the scheme to do so in their own interest since they will have to pay their
own medical bills when they attend hospitals if they failed to register with the scheme.
Dr. Kofi Asare, Ashanti Regional
Director of Health Services, advised Ghanaians not to attach politics to operations of the scheme since it had come to serve
individuals and not political parties. He commended the immediate past District Chief Executive, Mr Dominic Yeboah for the
tremendous efforts he put in to make the scheme's reality in the district.
Dr. Joseph Bonney, Ashanti Regional Co-ordinator
of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), asked those who have as yet not registered with the scheme to do so since
they will pay the full cost of bills when they attend hospitals.
He asked those who have registered and been issued
with their identification (ID) cards to keep the cards very well since they were "their visas to health care." Aug. 03 05
CHILD ABUSE ISSUES:
Lotto agent before court for defiling 8-year old girlBibiani (W/R), Aug 3, GNA - A 30-year-old lotto agent at Sefwi-Bekwai in
the Bibiani-Ahwiaso-Bekwai district of the Western Region, who was alleged to have defiled an eight-year-old girl, was on
Tuesday remanded in police custody by the Bibiani magistrate court.
Kwabena Kingsley Ve's plea was not taken. The magistrate
gave order for him to be sent to the Bibiani Government Hospital for treatment for heart attack while in court. He will re-appear
on August 11.
Police Detective Sergeant K. Kodua told the court that at about 2030 hours on June 25, this year, one
Mr Kwaku Kodua sent the victim, who is his daughter to collect national lottery coupons books from Ve. He said when the girl
got to the house of the accused, there was a sudden downpour and so she was not able to return to her house immediately and
the accused took advantage and defiled her. Detective Sergeant Kodua said the accused after defiling the girl gave her 2,000
cedis and warned her not to tell anybody about what happened to her.
He said, however, the girl became very sick and
when she was questioned by her father, she told him the ordeal she went through and showed him the 2,000 cedis given to her
The prosecution said the father therefore rushed her to the hospital where it was confirmed that she was defiled
and so the matter was reported to the police who arrested him. Aug. 03 05
Chieftaincy is indispensable in Ghana's socio-economic devt - Kufuor
Accra, Aug. 3, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor on Wednesday said the
chieftaincy institution was indispensable in Ghana's socio-economic development. He said the institution was a vital link
between the Government and the citizenry, adding that the nation was developing the necessary networking to consolidate the
peaceful co-existence being enjoyed in the country.
President Kufuor made the observation when the Standing Committee
of the National House of Chiefs (NHC) paid a courtesy call on him at the Castle, Osu.
He said the chieftaincy institution
offered Ghanaians reference to their roots and their role in national development because without such reference the citizenry
would not know their identity and contribution to national development.
President Kufuor said ethnic groups and the
regions in Ghana had been blessed with well-informed traditional rulers, who were well educated and aware of the technological
development on the globe that could be adopted for the efficient and effective development of their areas.
the Government had been modest with the achievements made so far since it assumed power in order not to be complacent and
relapse because there was a lot of work to be done. "With the successes that we have chalked we have to try to maintain a
On the political scene, President Kufuor said the Government had restrained itself from responding to the
taunts and abusive language heaped on it because it saw the development as catharsis ventilation since Ghanaians had been
oppressed for a very long time and not allowed to express their views freely and openly without intimidation. He said it was
the Government's duty and responsibility to relieve the citizenry of such oppression to enable the people to openly and freely
express their opinions towards a sound socio-economic development.
"This is not a sign of weakness but what will be
the use to keep the political atmosphere overheated," he said.
President Kufuor said the Government was determined
to use the short time and period of its tenure of office positively and gainfully for the citizenry and posterity. "Therefore
we have to turn blind eye to the insults by people, who do not see the positive aspects of good governance."
Gyapong Ababio, Omanhene of Sefwi-Bekwai Traditional Area and President of the House, said chiefs had recognised the Government's
achievements and the recognition within the international community. He said chiefs appreciated the deepening of modern democratic
practices and the healthy political climate prevailing in the country and called on Ghanaians determined to ensure peace,
stability and national cohesion to dialogue on issues with the Government in a more dignified manner devoid of bitterness.