Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited over the weekend collaborated with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and registered over 1000 people under the scheme for free.
The exercise which initially targeted only 1000 people took a different turn when the number as at the beginning was overwhelmingly large.
Taking place at Kotobabi in Accra which happens to be the same area the company is situated, Ernest Afrifa-Adae, Marketing and Brands Communication Manager of Tobinco, disclosed that the exercise was part of their corporate social responsibilities.
Speaking to the media, Mr Afrifa-Adae said the company has targeted women and children for the registration exercise and also men above the age of 65 and below age 17.
He further explained, ‘Looking at the broader sight, if kids are registered they will have proper health and with that they can go to school, adults who also get free health services will be more productive in the country.’
Addressing the media by the Regional Director of NHIS, Lawrence Amatey explained, ‘Since we started the biometric this year, the number of people who trooped into our office are huge and our office cannot contain this number, because of that management thought it wise to bring in more equipment and as a result, we have decided to embark on this road show to reach out to people in the communities in order to reduce the cost for the people and also to reduce tension in our office.
He again said that the road show would take place for three months, targeting to hit over 100 communities in Accra.
By Christiana Mpra Agyei
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