NDC sustained National Health Insurance – President Mahama

Salaga, Aug. 22, GNA
– President John Dramani Mahama on Monday said but for the timely intervention
of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government the National Health
Insurance Scheme would have collapsed.

He said the initial
structures put in place by the scheme, initiated by the Kufuor Administration,
would have been sustained only up till 2010, a situation that would have made
mockery of the entire intervention.

President Mahama,
who was addressing a rally at Salaga as part of his four-day campaign tour of
the Northern Region, said since the NDC took over the administration of the
country, the scheme had rather expanded.

The President
earlier paid a courtesy call on the newly enskinned Kpembiwura, Banbanga
Haruna, and inspected construction works on the Midwifery School project and
the new Salaga District Hospital.

President Mahama
explained that while National Health Insurance patients’ visitation in 2008 was
only nine million, the figure increased to 29 million by the close of 2015.

He said while
expenditure for the payment to health facilities was only 183 million Ghana
cedis in 2008, payment as at the end of 2015 was over one billion Ghana cedis.

“How can they
say we have come to collapse the National Health Insurance Scheme when we have
rather made such gains in the scheme?’’ President Mahama asked.

He called on his
political opponents to offer constructive criticisms that would accelerate the
development of the country rather than mere empty criticisms that had
characterised their 2016 political campaign.

On the development
of Salaga, President Mahama said it occupied an important area in the political
history of Ghana and government would do everything under its purview for them
to recapture their past glories.

The President said
apart from priding herself as the first biggest commercial centre with
Europeans and other traders from North and West Africa, Salaga also,
regrettably, was renowned as the biggest slave market in the country.

He said in helping
them to recapture their past glories, government would construct all the town
roads of Salaga apart from ensuring the completion of the on-going
Tamale-Salaga-Makango road.

He said efforts
would be made to begin and complete the Salaga-Kpandai road that was crucial
for the internal commercial activities of the people.

On the 2016 General
election, President Mahama said government had over the years initiated
policies that had favoured the activities of Muslims in the country and called
on them to support the NDC.

He said apart from
instituting national holidays for Muslims by the Rawlings Government, the NDC,
under his (President Mahama’s) administration, had also expanded the Tamale
Airport to international standards thereby airlifting the first batch of Muslim
pilgrims to Mecca this year.

President Mahama
said the Government would continue to extend electricity to communities despite
the current challenges to ensure that the whole of Ghana was covered by 2021.

Earlier, the
Kpembiwura gave the assurance that the people of Salaga South would support
President Mahama to win the 2016 polls.

He said: “We
will support you today, we will support you tomorrow …so you should not
entertain any fears as the whole of this area will give you our mighty
support.”

President Mahama
took the opportunity to introduce Alhaji Ibrahim Dey Abubakar, the NDC
Parliamentary candidate for Salaga South, to the people.

The President was
accompanied by Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minister of Employment and Labour
Relations, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, the Minister of Roads and Highways, and Dr
Edward Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communication.

GNA

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