Posted: Monday 19th November 2012 at 7:39 am

NGO rolls out ambitious nationwide project on health

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Global Care Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has rolled out an ambitious programme to create health awareness and provide accessible and affordable health care for the needy nationwide.

The NGO made up of health professionals will register and pay National Health Insurance premium for the vulnerable such as the youth and the aged, collaborate with health and Para health organisations to promote health awareness.

The body will also monitor and timely report outbreak of diseases within its area of operation and liaise with health care providers to provide free medical services.

A statement issued by Gloria Tawiah-Ahenakwa, Coordinator of the Foundation in Accra at the weekend said the NGO would specialise in the education and promotion of health related issues that affect the population.

“The vision of the foundation is to bring health care to the door step of the people, highlight health issues affecting the society and collate information on outbreak of diseases like malaria, cholera and typhoid.

“Global Care Foundation will team up with stakeholders and the… public to support government’s effort at fighting the high prevalence of diseases in Ghana especially malaria,” the statement said.

The intervention is in response to the call by President John Dramani Mahama to tackle the problem of sanitation that bedevilled the nation leading to the outbreak of communicable diseases.

“The Global Health Care Foundation as part of our contribution towards the reduction of malaria screening , is  organising a medical outreach programme, which will involve free house to house malaria screening, education on public health issues and proper sanitation as well public education on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

“The exercise will be carried out at district and community levels nationwide with the use of cinema vans and is targeting schools and other public institutions. The project is expected to reduce the pressure on our medical facilities.

“It also has a long term advantage of reducing the pressure on the NHIS,” the statement said.

The Foundation intends to recruit 120,000 health workers nationwide for the programme with at least 20 in each electoral area.

Source: GNA

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