The Ghana Kidney Association has expressed its appreciation for government’s decision to provide support to patients undergoing dialysis treatment as part of their renal care.

In a press release, the association noted with great delight that the support, although temporary, will be offered to specific age groups.

Children under 18 years old and individuals aged 60 years and above will receive 100% support for their dialysis treatment. Patients between the ages of 19 and 59 will be entitled to 2 free dialysis sessions per month.

This support will be available at selected hospitals including Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ho Teaching Hospital, and the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital.

While the Ghana Kidney Association commended the government for this temporary relief, which is expected to last for the next 6 months, they urged for a permanent solution that covers all patient categories.

The Association highlighted examples of other African countries such as Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Tanzania, and Sudan, where comprehensive support for dialysis patients is already in place.

Furthermore, the Association called on the government, specifically the Health Ministry, to expedite the approval of a draft legislative framework for organ transplants. They emphasized that organ transplant is the most cost-effective kidney replacement therapy and urged for prompt action from the current parliament.

The Ghana Kidney Association hopes that the reimbursement process for dialysis services will be efficient and without delays, unlike some past experiences with the NHIA payments. They believe that a permanent solution and legislative support for organ transplants will greatly benefit kidney patients in Ghana.

Source: Ghana/ Mensah