CARING FOR THE AGED IN OBUASI
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the National Health Insurance
Authority on Tuesday, 20 th September, 2016 organized a programme dubbed “Caring for the
Aged” programme at the AGA Club House, Obuasi.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, the Regional
Director of the NHIS, Bawa Nurudeen, the Regional Director for Social Welfare, Patricia
Kyeremanteng, the Municipal Chief Executive of Obuasi, Hon. Richard Ofori Agyemang Boadi
and the media were all present to grace the occasion
The main objective of the well attended programme was to reduce the difficult financial burden
on the aged and also put smiles on their faces. This however, occasioned the free registration of
the aged, who are 60 years and above on the National Health Insurance.
The Minister, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur whose ministry organised the exercise in her address
enlightened members present on the creation of the ministry and their core values. Saying
amongst some of the values of the ministry is to take proper care of the Aged and this, she
emphasized was the reason why the President of Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, John
Dramani Mahama and the NDC government printed out twenty five thousand (25,000) Urban
Elderly Welfare Cards in some parts of the country. This, she explained is to subsidize the
transportation fares for the aged.
She stated half of every fare across the country for government transport system will be cut off
for the aged.
Again, she asked all present, especially the aged to help maintain the President and the NDC
government in power, to help him (the President) implement a new policy of paying pension
allowance to the aged who were not government workers or SSNIT contributors during their
early ages and are now financially handicapped.
She advised all present to help contribute to a peaceful election before, during and after the
The Municipal Chief Executive of Obuasi commended the minister and the ministry for
extending the exercise to the people of Obuasi, and again called for peace for the election
especially the youth, to protect the aged.
The Minister, presented cups of rice, sugar and some other items to each participant of the
“The President cares for you, the NDC care for you, the ministry cares for you and I care for
you”. She concluded.
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