“No water for you till you settle your GH¢230,000 debt” – Ghana Water company tells Bimbilla hospital

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When a hospital refuses to pay a debt of more than GH230,000, the management of the Ghana Water Company Limited in the Northern Region says, it will not restore water service until it does.

Due to non-payment of water bills dating back 16 years, the Hospital’s water supply was cut off over two weeks ago.

Other medical facilities are being called in for emergency and surgical patients.

Engineer Gilbert Amoah Ayamgah, regional director of the Ghana Water Company, says the water supply would not be reconnected until the arrears are paid.

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They tell us that the government is meant to pay, and not the hospital. In that case, we expect the hospital administration to transmit the bill to government and keep track of it.

I don’t believe that the hospital expects us to follow up with the government and collect the money from them. ‘ He told Citi News, “We have seen no proof that the hospital has submitted the bill for payment to the federal government.”

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As a result of the hospital’s management cutting off water to the Bimbilla Hospital due to a GH220,000 debt, elective surgeries have had to be postponed, reports said.

Hospital medical superintendent Dr Barihama Adam remarked, “We had to cancel seven elective procedures because we didn’t have water to perform.”

On the matter, he felt there should have been a better exchange of ideas.”

When we saw this disconnect, we were immediately captivated to it.

I had to go to the Municipal Assembly to meet with the Regional Coordinating Director.” “Also, I had a conversation with the district’s chief executive.

This isn’t the method to deal with the problem. “We need to step up our cooperation,” he declared.

It was decided to cut off service to the hospital due to concerns raised by the water distribution company.

The manager of the Bimbilla water system responded by saying there was no other option.

“Will the system be able to sustain itself if they are consuming and they refuse to pay?” “No,” he replied.

“At some time, it won’t just be the hospital. The town will be cut off completely. NEDCo has issued a slew of warning letters to us as we speak.

 

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