Telecommunication giant, MTN Ghana, has served notice it will increase its call and data charges effective 1 May 2021.

It said in a text message to its subscribers that “following the introduction of the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy, resulting in a 1% increase in the National Health Insurance Levy, your talk time/ data volumes will be adjusted to reflect the tax change.”

“This takes effect from 1 May 2021. Keep safe and remember to wear your mask everywhere you go. Thank you,” MTN Ghana added.

About the COVID-19 levy

During the presentation of the 2021 Budget, the government introduced COVID-19 Health Levy of 1% on VAT, Flat Rate Scheme and a 1% on National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) as part of revenue measures to help the economy recover.

According to the government, the levies will be used for the procurement of vaccines and establishment of 14 medical waste treatment facilities.

It will also “assist in the construction of 33 major health projects, the recruitment of more health professionals and Agenda 111.”

Agenda 111 would see the construction of 100-bed capacity district hospitals in 101 districts with no hospitals. It is the latest ever investment in healthcare infrastructure in Ghana’s history and a massive vision by the Akufo-Addo-led administration for Ghana’s healthcare sector.

The tariff review is as a result of the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy, resulting in a 1% increase in the National Health Insurance Levy.