The Minister of Health Dr Kwaku Agyemang Manu has reiterated his Ministry's commitment to include Zongo communities in programmes that seek to better the health and well-being of its inhabitants across the country.
He noted that President Nana Akufo-Addo's vision for them was to see the transformation of Zongo communities and its residents through the good policies his government has initiated, which also include poverty alleviation programmes.
The Minister also observed that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) had been restructured to work better, and further pledged that the Ministry will 'enhance activities of registration and renewals' of NHIS cards in the Zongo communities to ensure its residents have access to quality health care in the country.
He went on to say the Ministry will continue to embark on public health education in Zongo communities in the country as it partners the Aliu Mahama Foundation to organise such outreach programmes.
'My doors are open and I will continue to support the programme,' he added.
Mr Agyemang Manu made the pledge at the launch of Aliu Mahama Foundation's 'Zongo Laafia' in partnership with the Ministry of Inner-City and Zongo Development at Fadama in the Okaikoi Central Constituency of the Greater Accra Region.
Present at the programme was the Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid who was also the special guest of honour; Mr Patrick Boamah, MP for Okaikoi Central, and Hajia Ayisha salifu the Deputy CEO of the Zongo Development Fund.
In his speech, Dr Mustapha Addul-Hamid praised the Aliu Mahama Foundation for the initiative and promised to 'fully' support the programme and make sure it is sustainable to help residents of the zongos.
What is Zongo Lafia?
'Zongo Laafia' is a Hausa phrase that means Health for Zongo. The health outreach programme targets deprived urban communities such as the Zongos and inner cities.
According to Dr Samuel Frimpong, the Executive Director of the Foundation, the outreach programme, which is the first of its kind, is expected to deliver 'basic healthcare to Zongo communities and inner cities across the country to augment the effort of the government.'