Eye Care in Upper East in danger as NHIA fails to pay indebtedness

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Patients visiting the Bolgatanga and Bawku Eye Clinics may soon not be able to access eye care services as the facilities are finding it difficult to buy consumables to cater for their patients. The problem is due to the inability of the National Health Insurance Authority to reimburse the facilities after it has rendered service to patients since 2019.

This was disclosed to BestNewsGH.com by the Coordinator of the Presbyterian Eye Program, Mr. Peter Abugri who says the two facilities which receive patients from the length and breadth of the country is unable to revert to cash and carry because its a religious organization.

He said,” as we speak the Bolga facility which was started due to the conflict in Bawku has not been paid for the whole of 2019. We cannot buy most of our consumables because we don’t have money and this is affecting us very badly”.

“For Bawku we have received just one month and I must say we are struggling to survive. If care is not taken we may face serious challenges soon and anytime we threaten to revert to cash and carry, our bosses will say we are a religious organization so we can’t treat human beings anyhow’, he added.

Touching on the most common ailments that are brought to the facility, Mr. Abugri said allergies and cataract constitute the biggest. He said,”people come to us with mostly allergies and cataract. We conduct surgeries for cataract patients and this is mostly due to old age”.

SOURCE: BestNewsGH.com

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