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NHIA and NIA to register 6.3 million children for Ghana Cards

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The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) have worked together to register 6.3 million children for Ghana Cards. This collaboration aims to provide comprehensive healthcare coverage and national identity documentation for Ghana’s youth. The NHIA and NIA have officially signed a joint cooperative agreement, marking a significant step towards achieving this goal.

Under this agreement, a targeted registration drive is set to commence on 10 June 2024, targeting children aged between six and 14 years across the nation. The initiative aims to issue Ghana Cards to this demographic, providing them with both healthcare access through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and official identification through the NIA.

The collaboration between NHIA and NIA underscores a concerted effort by the Ghanaian government to streamline administrative processes and expand social services reach. By equipping children with Ghana cards at an early age, the initiative seeks to enhance their access to essential healthcare services while also facilitating their participation in various socio-economic activities requiring official identification.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, representatives from both authorities expressed their commitment to the successful implementation of the registration drive. They highlighted the significance of this initiative in promoting inclusive healthcare and ensuring the rights and recognition of Ghana’s youth population.

“We recognise the importance of providing universal healthcare coverage and ensuring that every child in Ghana has access to essential services,” Dr Da Costa Aboagye, the NHIA chief executive officer said. “By collaborating with the National Identification Authority, we are not only extending healthcare access but also laying the foundation for a more inclusive and empowered society.”

Echoing these sentiments, Dr Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, the NIA executive secretary emphasised the role of the Ghana Card as a fundamental tool for identity authentication and access to public services. “The issuance of Ghana Cards to children aged between six and 14 years represents a pivotal step in safeguarding their rights and enabling their full participation in society,” he stated.

The joint registration drive is expected to commence on 10 June 2024, with dedicated registration centres to be set up in schools nationwide to facilitate the process. Parents and guardians are encouraged to actively participate in ensuring that their children are registered to receive the Ghana card, thereby securing their access to essential healthcare services and official identification.

As Ghana moves forward with this ambitious initiative, it signals a commitment to building a healthier, more inclusive future for its youth population, laying the groundwork for their continued growth and prosperity.

 

By: Joseph Appiah-Dolphyne

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