Gender Ministry Provides Free Bus Card for Elderly GT/R

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has said government is committed to caring for the elderly in society.


Speaking at the launch of a registration exercise by the Ministry for the urban Elderly Free Bus Card at Chorkor in Accra, Nana Oye indicated that the Ministry had registered elderly persons on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable such people access free healthcare services, adding that the identity cards would prevent them from joining queues anytime they went to the hospital.

The minister stressed that the registration of the urban elderly free bus card was strictly for people who have turned sixty-five years and above and urged such people to always show the card when boarding the bus.

She said the Ministry had negotiated with the Metro Mass Transport Unit to allow elderly persons to board its busses free, adding that a similar negotiation had gone on with the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) which had agreed to charge half the price of transport fare when the elderly showed their cards.

Some of the beneficiaries ISD spoke to express satisfaction of the initiative, adding that it would make life much easier for them.

 The exercise will be replicated at Bukom, La and Nunga all in the Greater Accra Metropolis and later be extended to the Ashanti Region.

Source: ISD (Karimatu Anas & Chantal Aidoo)



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