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Korle-Bu will need GH₵‎961,000 monthly to subsidize dialysis treatment – CEO

Korle-Bu will need GH₵‎961,000 monthly to subsidize dialysis treatment – CEO

In the wake of the public uproar against the increase in the cost of dialysis treatment for renal patients at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, has told Joy News the facility will need a monthly subsidy of GH₵‎961,000 if it maintains the current charges without an increment.

In the past week, the conversation on dialysis treatment has been brought to the fore following the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital’s unsuccessful 100% increment in the cost of dialysis treatment.

The hospital had blamed the removal of tax and import duty exemptions as the cause of the price hike.

According to KBTH, if the old charges are maintained, the dialysis facility would have to shut down in a matter of days.

Speaking on Kidney Health Matters on Joy News on Thursday, October 5, Dr. Ampomah said, “We have a GH₵‎4 million deficit, and then if we are to run at full capacity, we will need about GH₵‎961,000 subsidy every month to be able to maintain the current prices because of the numbers that we are doing. We are doing about 2000 dialysis.”

Either government provides that subsidy or we are allowed some reasonable increase so that’s the kind of discussions we are having.”

He says the facility is also counting on the benevolence of individuals and corporate Ghana to bear some of the cost.

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“We are also looking for other Ghanaians because First Sky Group has done tremendously well by providing free dialysis by paying for 250 patients to have two sessions of dialysis every week throughout the year free of charge. So, other individuals and corporate Ghana can also join to ease the burden on the government “he noted.

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