3-year-old detained for owing hospital bills rescued

The Rotaract club of Ho, a community of young adults taking actions for positive change, has absorbed the medical bills of a three-year-old child detained at the Volta Regional Hospital for indebtedness.

It was a moment of relief for the girl’s father, Koku Agbola, when he was finally allowed to take his three-year-old daughter home to reunite with the family, after being kept in the hospital for months for failing to foot her medical bills.

Young Georgina was diagnosed and treated of severe anaemia and meningitis. The Medical Officer at the Volta Regional Hospital, Dr. Bright Agbanyo, said the child was admitted in December 2015 at the emergency unit.

He said after the treatment, her father, a farmer in Agortime Afegame, was unable to settle her bills even after it was reduced to an amount of GHc 900 by some nurses. The child he said, had since been detained at the Hospital until the intervention by Rotaract Club of Ho.

Patrice Dzonto, Vice President of the Club, told Citi News the child caught their attention during a visit to the hospital to make donations on the eve of Valentine’s day.

Mr. Agbola Koku, a father of five, who could not hide his joy, thanked the club for their benevolence. He attributed his inability to afford the said amount to the harsh economic situation in the country.

Dr. Agbanyo commended Rotaract and expressed hope that other institutions would emulate the gesture by extending help to the needy in the society.

By King Nobert Akpablie/citifmonline.com/Ghana