Cash-strapped Korle Bu set charge levy to save Intensive Care Unit

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Ghana's premier health facility will soon impose a special levy on

patients in a desperate bid to raise funds to save the Intensive Care

Unit from collapse.

The one cedi levy to be charged by the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital will

go into a pool that will be used to finance operations and pay the

ICU's ballooning debts.

Board Chairman of the hospital, Anthony Mawuli Sallam, explains the

move is also to offset piled up debts owed by some patients at the


He said retrieving the over GH¢500,000 debt owed by these patients is

proving to be a herculean task because most of them are too poor to do


"The Intensive Care Unit, as you know is intensive. It costs GH¢1,000

per day for a patient so even the rich people cannot pay GH¢1,000 a

day", he observed.

The hospital will also set up a special fund into which benevolent

people and corporations can donate.

Prof. Sallam maintains without the new policy the unit will cease to exist.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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