Through the Chief of Staff, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made payment of GH¢14,394,397.58 for the cost of operation and the purchase of surgical equipment for the surgery of the conjoined twins at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.
The presentation of the cheque follows the government promise to absorb the cost of surgery to separate a set of conjoined twins.
There million of the amount are for consumables and the rest for the purchase of the equipment.
“What we’re trying to do is something that will turn the scale of health care in Ghana. It’ll fit into our belief that the people in Ghana have the capacity and that given the opportunity and the support they can reach the height we all want. That’s why we have this Ghana beyond aid. We want to take development into our own hands but you need support and the right environment to do it, ” she said during the presentation ceremony.
Co-head of the team for the separation of the conjoined twins, Dr. Emmanuel Yaw Voado said with the presentation by the government all is set for the operation to begin in October.
“Now that the government has given out the money the equipment are being airlifted to come to the country. Let’s give it about 10 to 15 days for rest that have not come to the county to come.
” So because of that, the surgery is scheduled for the third week of October. That will be the first step of five.”
About 116 medical and non-medical practitioners will conduct the surgery that will change the face of medical practice in Ghana when successful.
It will be described as a groundbreaking surgery being the first of it kind to be performed in Ghana and the sub-region by a team of local medics.