The Pentecost International Worship Center (PIWC) Koforidua, has embarked on evangelism and Medical outreach program at a hard to reach farming community, Akpamu, located in the Yilo Krobo District of the Eastern region to provide free healthcare interventions to residents mostly peasant farmers.
The residents are dying slowly of communicable diseases due to financial challenges.
They are unable to access healthcare due to mass expiration of the NHIS cards compelling them to sit home despite being sick because they cannot afford to pay cash and carry.
The medical team with Church served the remote community variety of healthcare, provided expert clinical services and screened the peasant farmers on common ailments such as malaria, respiratory tract infection and skin rashes.
Voluntary counsellings and testing for HIV/AIDS, Blood pressure and diabetes services were also ran.The team aslo provided free medications and dewormed over 150 children.
For the past three years, officials of NHIA have failed to visit the remote community located in the Yilo Krobo district of the Eastern region for registration of new members and renewal of expired NHIS cards.
Due to financial constraints, residents are not able to afford the throat cutting transportation fares to Nkrukan, a community long distance away from the village to either renew or register to enjoy the pro-poor free healthcare services.
Few residents who are able to afford transportation fares for their families to the office of NHIA at Nkrukan in an attempt to renew or register do not get opportunity to do so due to long queues at the office frustrating them to sit home indolently.
The situation led to mass expiration of NHIS cards in the area rendering the affected persons ineligible to access free healthcare service hence reluctant to attend clinic whenever they fall sick.
Christopher Akufo ,a clergyman in the area underpinned that, several residents are dying slowly from minor diseases as a result .
A Community Health Nurse at Akpamu CHPs compound tells Kasapa News, the situation is disturbing because it is preventing residents from seeking healthcare despite embarking on community education encouraging them to come to the facility for treatment of their ailments.
She said, apart from Akpamu, the CHPs compound serves Tetekpo, Suta, Sikalehia, Kpose and Ahusabiapa communities but attendance is not encouraging mostly due to the problem residents have with the NHIS.
Appey Daniel Tetteh, Assembly member for Akpamu Electoral Area said, many of the residents are not NHIS subscribers due to combined factors of financial and hard to reach registration centers. He said the bad nature of the road leading to the community has led exorbitant lorry fares which most resident cannot afford.
A community evangelism and medical outreach program organized by PIWC witnessed most residents trooping to renew their expired NHIS cards with the team of NHIA officials from Koforidua for free.
Elder Frederick Yiadom Darfuor leader of the PIWC Evangelism and Medical outreach team said “Our decision to renew and register people onto the NHIS is timely and very important because we realized many of the people here have their cards expired so we are working on it, we brought a team from Koforidua so they will do everything free of charge and bring the cards to the residents.”
The Evangelism team embarked on house to house preaching of the Gospel and climaxed the program with a mega crusade where several residents accepted Christ into their lives.
Elder Edmund Hatsu, a district evangelism leaders of the Church postulated that, the outreach program has been fulfilling considering its positive impact on both physical and spiritual wellbeing of the people.
He said the church will continue this outreach program every year to remote communities to impact change .
The evangelism team donated clothing to the residents to end the exercise.