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Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital Plight of patients to worsen as hospital runs out of cash

Authorities of the hospital have indicated that the facility is cash-strapped; a situation that has forced them to suspend the provision of meals to patients on admission.

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The plight of patients at the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital at Akuapem Mampong in the Eastern Region is likely to worsen if the government does not step in to solve some funding challenges at the hospital.

Authorities of the hospital have indicated that the facility is cash-strapped; a situation that has forced them to suspend the provision of meals to patients on admission.

According to the authorities, the National Health Insurance Scheme owes the hospital 11 months arrears in unpaid health insurance claims, TV3 reports.

The Administrator of the Hospital, Francis Loguniah, said the hospital’s internally generated funds have also dwindled for a month now following the strike by the members of the Government Hospital and Pharmacists Association as well as that of the laboratory staff.

He said the strike resulted in low outpatient cases at the facility leading to the decline in the internally generated funds.

He added that the Hospital spend GHC6,000 every two weeks to feed the patients, with several of them using National Health Insurance to access services at no charge.

The situation, he said, is having a serious toll on the finances of the facility.

“We have explained to the patients we were cash strapped and could not feed them as we use to,” Mr Loguniah told TV3, adding that “even when we fed them,  families still brought food”.

He believed that the Hospital should reconsider its policy on the provision of meals to inpatients “because other facilities do not offer such services.”

Mr Loguniah, however, revealed the authorities have had an emergency meeting with the National Health Insurance Authority who indicated that one-month claims have been released which will take about a week for the transaction to go through for the money to hit the account of the hospital.

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