Over Six Hundred (600) elderly persons in the Tamale Metropolis and 300 inmates of the Tamale Central Prison are undergoing a registration process by the Gender, Children and Social Protection ministry onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The initiative is part of the government’s pro-poor initiative to enhance the livelihoods of the aged across the country.
Speaking at an event to commence the registration process in Tamale, Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, said the exercise is part of measures put in place by the government to make sure the elderly have more comfortable lives.
Government over the years has begun initiatives including the, Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Project (LEAP) and Eban Elderly Welfare Card for elderly persons above 65 years which allows them to pay only 50% of fares when they board Metro Mass Transit (MMT) buses.
It will also give them the opportunity to get priority when they go to banks, visit hospitals and some other public places.
The Mayor of Tamale Alhaji Abdul-Hanan Rahman Gundadow delivering a speech on behalf of the Northern Regional Minister was impressed and commended the minister for the giant and remarkable social initiatives geared towards ensuring better livelihoods for the vulnerable especially the elderly in society.
He also commended the members of the metropolitan assembly for their efforts in ensuring that the elderly are part of the process saying it is an indication of the readiness of people to partner government in executing developmental projects.