Kidney Patients Frustrated as Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Renal Unit Closes Unexpectedly

by Louisa Afful
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Kidney patients visiting the Renal Unit at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in the Central Region are frustrated and uncertain about their treatment after the unit’s unexpected closure this week. Hospital officials attributed the shutdown to routine maintenance.

On June 13, patients shared their distress with JoyNews, highlighting the disruption to their necessary dialysis treatments. One patient explained, “We came for dialysis and were informed that the unit is closed due to technical challenges. Now, I must travel to Takoradi or Accra for treatment at a higher cost.”

This closure follows the National Health Insurance Scheme’s (NHIS) recent announcement of a six-month free dialysis support program for renal patients, starting June 1, 2024. The program offers eight free dialysis sessions per month for vulnerable groups, including patients under 18 and over 60, with a projected cost of GH₵ 2.3 million.

Despite this initiative, some patients at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi reported not receiving the promised free dialysis. A patient told JoyNews’ Nana Boakye Yiadom that each session still required payment, as the hospital had not yet received notice to start the program.

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