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Adansi South district inaugurates Mutual HIS

New 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.

He 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
Source: GNA

CHILD ABUSE ISSUES:

Lotto agent before court for defiling 8-year old girl

Bibiani (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 by Ve.

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
Source: GNA

CHIEFTAINCY INSTITUTION:

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.

He said 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 balance."

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."

Odeneho 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.

 

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