Medihelp cries out loud to gov’t on import duties on their donated medical goods
Admittedly, our country Ghana is ridden with a plethora of grave challenges on many fronts of our national life, be it health, education and the dire human resource development.
There has been a rigorous and deliberate homegrown solution to these cancerous problems. However, those solutions over time have proven to be woefully inadequate.
Against the backdrop of this, MediHelp is one Non-Governmental Organization that has made an unwavering commitment to complimenting the efforts towards salvaging the underprivileged from the depth of vulnerability. The radar of the NGO focuses on the vulnerable, their health and welfare.
Recently, the preoccupation of the NGO has been to resolve the acute shortage of beds and other critical equipment in Ghanaian health facilities.
MediHelp has acquired from Europe over 30 fully équipéd Hospital beds, over 20 wheelchairs, 75 boxes of clothes, 25 pieces of walking aids and a host of other equipment in a 40feet container. All the necessary and required documentation has been done and completed.
Be that as it may, the glaring stumbling block in their spirited effort to offer aid is another biggest challenge of import bill and port charges.
MediHelp management partnered by its West African Coordinator, Mr. Frank Agyeman Prempeh, has made strenuous effort to ensure the equipment is brought down to help the underprivileged with dispatch. They are confronted with a deep-seated bureaucratic process that is reducing the morale of people who are ready to help. It is a worrying phenomenon that our system does not favour and actually discourages donors with a genuine mindset to help.
MediHelp and its management make a passionate appeal to the Ghanaian leadership to relax and make the system friendly to allow the organization to offer much-needed aid to many citizens who lack basic health needs.