Stop discrediting NHIS – Forum

Prince Kassim Alubankudi

The People’s Forum-Ghana has entreated politicians to stop discrediting the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The policy think tank in a statement said it is launching a project dubbed – CampaignMonitor – to correct some misleading information going into the December 7 elections.

Over the months, the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has hit hard at the government for allegedly “collapsing” the NHIS which was instituted under the Kufuor administration.

However, The People’s Forum-Ghana said such campaign does not serve the nation’s interest and believes its new project will help fix some of the “misleading political campaign rhetoric.”

Below is the full unedited statement from the Forum:

Politicians must avoid discrediting the NHIS and other State institutions–People’s Forum

The People’s Forum-Ghana is urging all media houses and practitioners to join it in championing issues based political campaigning to help the electorate make informed choices ahead of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The policy Think tank is embarking on its CampaignMonitor project to ensure that the good people of Ghana are not fed with lies and misleading information by politicians during this 2016 pre-election campaign season.

This has become necessary due to the increasing level of misleading political campaign rhetoric already coming out of some of the major campaign teams, for example: the recent false and misleading claims by NPP presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo that the NHIS is “collapsing” while on a campaign tour of the Brong Ahafo region which was later exposed as false by Joy FM’s Newsnight programme, among other facts. We commend Joy FM for exposing such lies and urge them along with other media houses to join us in ensuring that politicians do not mislead the public in this election year. We call on the NPP Flagbearer to honourably apologise to the good people of Ghana for such blatant lies against the NHIS.

We believe Ghanaians must be well-informed and equipped with accurate information as the general election day approaches.

The People’s Forum-Ghana is therefore launching its CampaignMonitor project as an important contribution to the socio-political development of the nation. Over the next couple of weeks leading up to the elections, the Forum will use its CampaignMonitor project to expose politicians who mislead the public.

Prince Kassim Alubankudi
Clement Amole
Executive Secretary

Source: Ghana/

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