A Ghanaian living in the United States told a chilling tale about how the Ghanaian Ministry of Health was unable to procure free hospital beds from the United States due to import duties.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Osei Kufuor said that he had the privilege of selecting a warehouse full of new hospital beds from the United States to donate to any hospital in Africa.
He said that he contacted the Health Ministry to arrange for the delivery of the equipment, but that he got the shock of his life when he was told that he would be required to pay all duties associated with the shipment in full.
Given the financial implications, he redirected the donation to Nigeria, a neighboring West African country, where the hospital beds were cleared without charge.
We can not confirm these reports right away, and it is unclear when they will happen.
Ghana’s healthcare system faces a number of problems in the delivery process.
Due to a shortage of beds, some hospitals have had to suspend referrals from other health facilities, which has resulted in the death of some patients.
Health facilities that have been abandoned, a shortage of drugs, and institutional corruption have all been mentioned.