The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), has given a lifeline to Ghanaian pensioners with the presentation of a cheque for GHC 500,000 to the National Pensioners Association (NPA) into Pension Medical Scheme to cater for their health needs.
This adds up to a similar presentation in 2017 where SSNIT gave GHC 300,000 to treat eye and optical care coverage for glaucoma, cataract procedures and spectacle subsidies; urological and gynecological conditions.
It includes diagnosis, treatment, medication for ovarian, cervical and prostate cancer and purchase of drugs not covered by NHIS.
The Chairman of the SSNIT board, Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor, said the scheme now has about 200,000 pensioners on it's monthly pay roll from last two year's 177,000.
He said despite the influence of population on the increase in the numbers as well as the increase of the indexation from 10 percent to 11 percent, payment is always done timely.
He said the presentation formed part of a policy of the company to sustain and give meaning to the lives of the retirees.
He said it was in fulfillment of another promise made last year by SSNIT.
In all SSNIT has spent GHC 800,000 over the last two years to support the medical needs of pensioners.
Dr Addo Kufuor praised the executives of NPA for the initiative of putting the funds into asset management to attract interest and help cover more beneficiaries.
The General Secretary, NPA, Edward Ameyibor, applauded SSNIT for the gesture saying, "a donation of such huge amount to our association to support our pensioners medical scheme, is good news."
He said most pensioners spend a substantial amount of their pensions on good health adding that such presentation will go a long way to prolong the lives of members.
"Therefore, any body who supports our medical scheme is our friend and deserves our commendation," Mr Ameyibor, onetime president of the Ghana Journalists Association said in Kumasi.
He said the Pensioners Medical Scheme, currently covers five main areas, prostate and its related ailments, including surgery, gynaecological problems like breasts, cervical, ovarian cancer among other.
Mr Ameyibor, a former Supervising Chief Editor of the Ghana News Agency said that no pensioner would be detained at any hospital for lack of funds.
"Like the Liverpool football club, let all pensioners be assured that they will never walk alone," Mr Ameyibor fondly called Oga, told members.
He commended the current SSNIT management and board for the care and commitment in seeing to the welfare of pensioners.
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