Zain registers 400 ‘Kayayei’ for NHIS (Pg 21)

Zain Ghana, in furtherance of its commitment to improving the quality of life of the underprivileged, has registered 400 head porters (Kayayei) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The porters, who are members of the Ghana Kayayei Association (GKA), had been presented with their identification cards at a ceremony in Accra.
The project forms part of the sponsorship package offered the association when its founder, Mr Michael Wempare Alongya, a Customs Exercise and Preventive Service (CEPS) officer, was awarded in Zain’s life changing flagship programme-“Touching Lives.”
For his effort at educating young girls in the three Northern regions and discouraging them from migrating to Accra and other parts of the country in search of non-existing jobs, the Zain Touching Lives Team rewarded Mr Alongyah with a generator, a projector and screen, a set of public address systems and sewing machines to enable him carry on with his awareness creation programme.
Zain is also supporting Mr Alongyah’s effort to educate the young girls from the northern part of the country to curb the rural-urban drift.
The company introduced the Touching Lives Reality Show last year to reward individuals who made outstanding contributions to their communities by granting them their wish.
According to the GKA, there are presently more than 6,000 kayeyei aged between 8 and 45 years in Accra alone.
Presenting the cards to the association, the External Affairs Executive of Zain, Mr Benjamin Ato Afful, said having the NHIS cards would go a long way towards making health accessible to the beneficiaries, who most of the time could not have access to quality health care because of the cost involved.
“We hope the NHIS cards will make a difference in the lives of these women and that it will help them to live better lives in the coming future” adding that “the biggest advantage of the NHIS cards is access to immediate health care at recognised hospitals without the hassle of payment.”
Mr Afful said the project is also Zain’s contribution to reducing maternal mortality in Ghana to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
He advised the beneficiaries to take good care of the cards for them to serve the purpose for which they were issued.
Mr Alongyah for his part, commended Zain for coming to the aid of the beneficiaries saying, “this gesture would save a lot of lives.”
He appealed to the President and the Vice-president to use their influence to help stop the young girls, some of whom are as young as eight, from migrating to Accra.
“Most of these children should be in school but are here working ‘’.
‘’This is child labour and we must work at curbing it,’’ he said.
A beneficiary, who gave her name as Samira, said having the card is a welcome relief to her as most of the time, she had to buy drugs from over- the-counter because she could not afford what she perceived as high hospital bills.

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