578 aged to benefit from Eban welfare initiative

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will soon issue a total of 578 people aged 65 and above in the Atebubu-Amantin district in the Brong Ahafo Region with EBAN welfare cards.

EBAN is a traditional Ghanaian symbol for fence which literally implies protection, defense and love.

Under the arrangement, card bearers will receive 50% rebates on Metro Mass Transport fares and will be given priority attention at banks, hospitals and health insurance offices and other public places.

Beneficiaries will also be subsequently enrolled unto the National Health Insurance Scheme so they can have easier access to healthcare.

According to a source at the district office of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, the gesture was a social protection strategy aimed at supporting the beneficiaries who have become vulnerable due to their age.

 A total of 9,526 aged people were issued with the cards at the end of the pilot phase of the project in December 2015 which saw 20 districts from four regions benefiting.

It is expected that over 25,000 elderly people will be issued with the cards at the initial nationwide rollout phase.

Credit: Daniel Oduro-Stewart/ISD