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The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has rubbished as untrue allegations by the Minority in Parliament that the Authority is diverting funds meant for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to pay allowances of trainee nurses.

Government last year restored the monthly allowance for trainee nurses which was cancelled by the Mahama administration in 2014. The cancellation of the allowance became a key element of the Akufo-Addo campaign, igniting interest among nurses and parents.

The accusations of the Minority comes at a time when the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) is on head on collision with the NHIA for wanting to increase the levy on the salaries of formal sector workers to fund the NHIS. The NHIA plans to hike the Health Insurance levy by 1% moving it from 2.5% to 3.5%—meaning workers will pay 3.5% of their 17.5% contribution from the tier one pension fund to run the NHIS.

An Annual Performance Review conference at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH) has revealed that the hospital’s operations are negatively affected by funding difficulties.

The facility suffers a major challenge as a result of delays in the payment of NIHS claims. The Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare, says the facility has for some time been relying solely on internally generated funds.

Addressing the 2017 Annual Performance Review conference of the CCTH on Tuesday, under the theme “Transforming Healthcare Delivery in Cape Coast Teaching Hospital”, Dr. Daniel Asare indicated the challenge is as a result of delays in reimbursement of NHIS claims.

Spiritualists who assist criminals with “juju” to enhance their criminal activities in the Central Region will soon find themselves in the grips of the police.

The Central Regional Police Commander, DCOP Paul Manly Awini says such persons will be traced and charged with aiding and abetting crime.

At a press interaction on Tuesday, the Regional Commander sent a strong caution to criminals who resort to spiritualists for protection. He said, they cannot evade the police whether they are spiritually protected or not.

A former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Obed Yao Asamoah has admonished President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to be bold and rescind his decision on the US military deal.

According to him, the deal is a bad one and will not inure to the benefit of Ghana.

The Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul has described reports that cabinet has given approval for the United States military to set up a base in Ghana as untrue and that the agreement is meant to be a “partnership in fighting terrorism to make us prepared, partnership in training our peace keepers, partnership in building the capacity of our soldiers.”