A non-governmental organization, the Mama Happy Life Enhancement Foundation (MAHLEF), has enrolled 500 residents of Tema Newtown on the National Health Insurance Scheme.
The enrolment is a community support initiative to meet the health needs of the people, especially widows, adolescent girls and boys, the youth, elderly and children.
The Reverend Mrs Georgina Happy Crentsil, MAHLEF Founder, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the move was part of giving back to the underprivileged in society.
She said the Foundation began its operations as an orphanage and had on several occasions paid for medical bills of children whose mothers could not afford it.
Rev. Crenstil said most of the mothers, particularly the teenage mothers, did not visit the hospitals for proper health care and antenatal services with the excuse that they lack the health insurance card.
“Most of them do self-diagnosis; every sickness is tagged as malaria, so they go to the drugstores to buy medicines and this sometimes comes with its complications,” she stated.
She said the main cause of the challenge was poverty and the neglect of children by their parents, adding that some of the people did not have the means to register at the NHIS office.
“After this registration, the underprivileged youth, widows and all the beneficiaries would have free access to health care covered under the NHIS and live a dignified life,” Rev. Crenstil added.