The General Overseer of Springs of Joy Ministries International (SOJMI), Prophet Dr. Akwasi Agyeman Prempeh, has called on Ghanaians to register onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to access free health care.
“Ghanaians should not give in to the claim by some political commentators that the scheme is collapsing, “ he stated at the weekend during a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and a free medical screening for residents at East Legon in Accra.
The programme organised by the SOJMI and sponsored by the East Legon Executive Fitness Club (ELEFC) and supported by the Pledge Pink Ghana (PPG), was to bring healthcare to the doorstep of residents of East Legon and its environs.
As part of the programme, about 250 women were screened for breast cancer and more than 600 participants enjoyed free medical care and NHIS registration and renewal.
Those who were screened of diseases such as malaria, headache, and toothache were given medicine and those diagnosed of major disease were referred to major hospital for further attention.
Prophet Dr. Prempeh in his address, after a health walk, said though the NHIS beset with some challenges, it was one of the cheapest means for the citizens, to access free health care.
He entreated all Ghanaians to exercise regularly to prevent them from getting sick, saying without good health they could worship their God well or go about their work.
Prophet Dr. Prempeh said the programme was held annually to bring healthcare to Ghanaians, saying “Springs of Joy Ministries International is not only concerned about the spiritual wellbeing of Ghanaians, but their healthcare as well”.
The Member of Parliament for West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyerematen Agyarko, advised the participants to go regular medical checkups and also check their eating habit to save them from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and blood pressure, which were on the increase.
He said non-communicable diseases which were once considered as diseases for the rich in society, were also affecting the poor and commended SOJMI for the programme.
By Kingsley Asare