By: JAB | Voltaonlinegh |
About a thousand children at Peki in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region are to benefit from free healthcare under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on Saturday, October 5.
The exercise being championed by Miss Gbi 2018, Florence Makafui Allavi with support from South Dayi office of National Health Insurance would ensure that the beneficiaries benefit from free basic healthcare.
Ms. Allavi who won the crown during the 2018 Gbidukor (Gbi State) Festival of the chiefs and people of Peki and Hohoe said the pageant gave her the opportunity “to go out there to solicit support to help children access healthcare.”
“I find it disheartening when children are denied basic healthcare because they are not registered on the National Health Insurance Scheme. So I am excited that we will get to register up to 1,000 children in the Peki area,” she added.
The beauty queen would also use her platform in getting women to undergo free breast care education and breast cancer screening in the Peki community as part of breast cancer awareness month.
The 23 year old indicated lack of knowledge on the subject as a motivating factor in embarking on the exercise.
According to her, “I have witnessed cases that ended up at prayer camps because it was thought to be spiritual. So this is so very important, I hope future queens will also focus on this area to ensure that knowledge on breast care and breast cancer becomes a household thing within Gbidukor and by extension the country.”
The exercise being undertaken with support from Peki Government Hospital and Peki Queen-mothers Association is an initiative borne in collaboration with Hohoe-based youth group, 2H City Connect and Gbidukor.
The two activities set to take place on the 1911 Park in Peki Blengo forms part of Miss Allavi’s projects as the reigning Miss Gbi who had already conducted similar exercise in Gbi (Hohoe) earlier in July.
The Miss Gbi pageant is held during the annual Gbidukor Festival (Gbidukorza) celebration which was instituted some 24 years ago.
Gbidukor is made up of two traditional areas; Gbi (Hohoe) and Peki with Hohoe area referred to as Gbidzigbe or Gbi north and Peki area, Gbinyigbe or Gbi south.
The 2019 Gbidukorza is scheduled to take place in Peki from Friday, 6th to Monday, 9th December, 2019 on the theme “Promoting Health and Safety Standards, Our Shared Responsibility”.