President Akufo-Addo has instructed the Ministry of Health and the National Health Insurance Authority to create a comprehensive plan for funding kidney treatment.
The president issued a directive following a petition from a group of medical doctors under the Private Health Facilities Associations regarding the recent dialysis crisis in the country.
This was disclosed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
“When the matter came up the President instructed the Health Authorities to examine it and come to the table with various recommendations on how to deal with it and I do know those recommendations are due in the next couple of weeks. By both I mean the National Health Insurance Authority and the Ministry of Health.”
Meanwhile, Vice President of the Association, Dr Samuel Boakye Donkor, has urged the government to consider a tax waiver on all medical equipment, including dialysis machines, imported into the country.
“The number of kidney cases is alarming, it keeps increasing daily. We want to get more machines so we can treat our Ghanaian people but it is really expensive to get the machine into our country. When they get to the port the amount of money you have to pay, the duties you have to pay, so we are pleading with the government if tax waiver will be granted so we can bring more.”