Three hundred under-privileged children in the Effutu municipality have benefited from a free biometric National Health Insurance registration exercise organised by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Winneba Command, as part of its three-year programme to combat child trafficking in the area.
The beneficiaries were drawn from Adansie, Ponko Ekyire, Mburabeam, Penkye, Yepemso, Abasareba, Ayipe and Alata Kookodwo in the Winneba township.
Mrs Mary Lois Amo-Richmond, Deputy Superintendent of Immigration, Winneba Municipal Command who addressed mothers of beneficiary children at the office of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Winneba, said the programme was sponsored by individuals whom the service contacted in the Effutu municipality.
According to her, the service embarked on the free health insurance registration for the children based on a house-to-house education and awareness creation it conducted on human child trafficking around the coastal communities in Winneba.
The commander said Information indicated that the children in those areas were normally trafficked to Yeji, Kpando, Nigeria, Liberia, Abidjan and Gambia at a fee between GH¢50 and GH¢200 per child.
Mrs Amo-Richmond identified the root causes of child trafficking as ignorance and poverty, since most of the parents complained of problems in taking care of their children.