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2007-08-27 20:31:23
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Habib Tijani
The Yendi District Assembly,incollaboration with ActionAid-Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), paid 13 million cedis (1,300 Ghana cedis) as National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) premium for the registration of 477 inmates at the Gnani "Witches Camp" in the District.

The NGO in partnership with the Assembly was also working with the Northern Regional Poverty Reduction Programme to extend its operations to cover inmates of other witches camps to enhance their living conditions.

Mr. Michael Lumor, Programme Manager of ActionAid, announced this at the registration of the inmates at Yendi.

He said ActionAid had identified other "witches camps" at Kuoko, Naboni, Gambaga, Kpatinga and Tindan, all in the Region, which were inhabited by nearly 1,500 people accused of witchcraft.

Mr. Lumor said over 95 per cent of the inmates in these camps were women above 45 years adding that more than 500 girls of school-going age were also in the camps.

He said ActionAid was committed to protecting the rights of the inmates and to ensure the humane management of witchcraft.

The Programme Manager urged other stakeholders to build the capacities of vulnerable groups such as the witches, widows, and people with disabilities to enable them to benefit from government policies such as the NHIS, the School Feeding Programme and the Capitation Grant.

Mr. Mohammed Baba Yakubu, the District Public Relations Officer of the NHIS, said the scheme had from January 2006 to June this year, registered 87,423 people with about 87 per cent issued with identity cards.

He said over 742 million cedis were also collected as premium from the informal sector during the same period and that as at June this year, over 3.5 billion cedis had been paid as claims to the scheme’s accredited health facilities.

Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani, the District Chief,Executive,appealed to stakeholders in healthcare delivery and donor partnersto support the scheme with logistics such as computers, motorbikes and photocopiers to enhance its operations.


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