- The Ghana Card would soon replace the National Health Insurance Scheme card
- The card will be phased out by December 2021
- Its function would be transferred to the Ghana card
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The National Identification Card, popularly referred to as the Ghana Card, would soon be replacing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card.
According to a report filed by Graphic.com.gh, the NHIS card will be phased out by December 2021.
The Ashanti Regional Director of the NHIA, Kwadwo Tweneboa-Kodua, made this known during the NHIA'S mid-year review meeting in Kumasi.
Tweneboa-Kodua said linking the NHIS cards to the Ghana Card would save the authority the cost of printing its own biometric ID cards.
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Tweneboa-Kodua, therefore, challenged the management of NHIA district offices to intensify education on the use of the mobile renewal service code of *929# for easy renewal.
What is Ghana Card?
The Ghana Card is a national identity card issued to Ghanaian citizens, both resident and non-resident, and legally and permanently resident foreign nationals.
It is proof of identity, citizenship and residence of the holder. The current version is in ID1 format and biometric.
There have been countless announcements by the government on the need for every Ghanaian to acquire the card.
In view of this, the government started with the registration and issuance of the card in 2018 and continued until early 2020.
Despite the many things the card will be used for, not all Ghanaians have been able to register for it.
This has led to many people calling for the National Identification Authority's return to various communities that were not previously visited to visit and register those who did not have the opportunity to get their cards done.
Aside from those who have not registered to receive the card, others do not also have their cards since they registered at the various centres to have their cards done.
Ghana Card to replace Voters ID
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia revealed that the Ghana Card would soon erase all arguments about the use of voters’ register for elections in the country.
According to Bawumia, the card would automatically replace the voters’ ID since the Electoral Commission (EC) would extract details of all those who have turned eighteen and above.
He, however, indicated that the completion of the National Identification database will also save the nation money.
Ghana card to be accepted as the only banking document
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that banks in the country will soon accept only Ghana Card as the primary documentation for banking.
There have been discussions to that effect between the Ghana Association of Bankers, the National Identification Authority (NIA), and the Bank of Ghana (BoG) already.
The three organisations are working on the road map for the commencement.
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