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NIA and NHIA to register 6.3 million children for Ghana Cards

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) have officially signed a joint cooperative agreement to register approximately 6.3 million children.

The agreement will provide children between the ages of six and fourteen with access to healthcare and official identification, Ghana Card.

The collaboration between the NHIA and the NIA is a concerted effort by the government to streamline administrative processes and expand the reach of social services.

Issuing children with Ghana cards at an early age will enhance access to essential healthcare services while also facilitating their participation in various socio-economic activities requiring official identification.

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Official registration will commence on June 10 at designated registration centres set up in schools nationwide to facilitate the process.

Speaking at the signing ceremony on May 21, representatives from both authorities expressed commitment to successful implementation of the registration drive.

Heads of NHIA and NHIS highlighted the significance of this initiative in promoting inclusive healthcare and ensuring the rights and recognition of Ghana’s youth population.

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Chief Executive of the NHIA, Dr Da-Costa Aboagye said “We recognise the importance of providing universal healthcare coverage and ensuring that every child in Ghana has access to essential services.”

“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.”

Also, Executive Secretary of the NIA, Dr Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah explained the role of the Ghana card as a fundamental tool for identity authentication and access to public services.

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“The issuance of Ghana cards to children aged between 6 and 14 years represents a pivotal step in safeguarding their rights and enabling their full participation in society,” he stated.

Meanwhile, parents and guardians are encouraged to ensure that their children are registered to receive the Ghana card, thereby securing their access to essential healthcare services and official identification.

Source: NHIS

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