Otiko Afisah Djaba, Minister for Gender,Children and social Protection

Ms Otiko Afisah Djaba, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, said the welfare of the vulnerable and destitute was the ultimate concern of the Ministry.
   
She said the Ministry will not relent within the commitment and efforts to empower and secure the vulnerable in society for that matter, prison inmates.
   
Ms Djaba was speaking on the re-launch within the Registration of Prison Inmates under the National Medical insurance Scheme (NHIS) for the 43 Prisons, from the Nsawam Prisons inside Eastern Region.
   
She commended the Ministry of Health, Ministry of the inside, National Insurance coverage Authority and Ghana Prisons Service for supporting the Ministry’s cause, saying it turned out an indication that confirmed the resolve forpersistance to being sure that no Ghanaian survived behind but were guaranteed entry to quality and free healthcare.
   
Ms Djaba said the Ministry as an element of its mandate to coordinate social protection interventions collaborated with relevant stakeholders, registered and provided the prison inmates with valid NHIS cards in 2015.
   
She said the initiative sought to cope with the medical needs of prison inmates by relieving them of economic barriers to accessing healthcare and it would go a long way to ensure that prisoners who are identified to generally be in the form of the vulnerable in Society can access quality healthcare.
   
The Gender Minister said the exercise to renew 13,816 NHIS subscription for those inmates demonstrated Government’s commitment and consistency in boosting the welfare of prison inmates and guarantee to simple and quality healthcare.
 
She said the Ministry firmly thought the exercise would contribute and increase the Prisons Service’s mission for maintain best practices in correctional management.
 
Ms Djaba said the Ministry was implementing a Social Protection policy, which highlighted five flagship social protection interventions meant for reducing poverty and vulnerability.
 
The Ministry has additionally launched the HeForShe Campaign, aimed towards mobilizing over two million men to be up and support women and take actions that could resulted in empowerment and gender equality equally for people today.
   
She said Social Protection had become a good and strategic tool to addressing poverty, vulnerability and exclusion towards achieving sustainable development and might also be an aid to bridge the inequity and inequality gap.
   
She said several countries like Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, Bangladesh and Zambia and the like have resolved to help make growth inclusive and eliminate poverty by employing social protection interventions.

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