The challenges embattled by the government’s healthcare accessibility and affordability program, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) are numerous. Though purposely meant to encourage the poor and vulnerable to seek appropriate health without financial constraints, many people within the above-mentioned bracket are still unable to have access to the scheme. A major part of whom being abjectly impoverished.
Moreover, most of these people who do not have the means to access basic healthcare, face this problem due to their inability to afford the registration fees and the yearly premium.
It is in light of this that a passion-driven philanthropist, Mr. Mickydary Yakubu has taken on the mantle to enroll as many people as he could onto the program. Though the government rarely does the same, it is however very pertinent for people of kind hearts like him, to also get involved to shot down the upsurging mortality rate in Ghana.
Mr. Mickydary Yakubu has been championing this laudable course largely in the Northern belt of Ghana, where poverty is dominantly at its peak and some other parts of the country. Under his Maloa Foundation, he undertook this exercise at Zangum, Voga, and Yakura in the North East region. It was also undertaken in Douri and Jamasi in the Upper East and Ashanti Regions respectively.
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While doing this, they were able to enroll a total number of 613 people onto the NHIS within those regions since 2017. Residents of Zangum had to be conveyed to the registration center with tricycles because they lacked the means to do so. However, cards were issued to all of them that very day, before being returned back to the village.
Meanwhile, management of the West Mamprusi Municipal Office of the NHIA, where the exercise took place lauded Mr. Mickydary Yakubu and his Maloa Foundation. They also encouraged more of such kind gestures from the public and NGOs alike.