Cape Coast Hospital Cuts Down Feeding Of In-Patients

The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital has been forced to reduce  the three meals offered to patients at the hospital, to two, due to the high cost of living and the meagre allocation of feeding fees for patients.

From last Monday, patients are being provided breakfast and late lunch at 3 p.m.

The hospital has for some time now, been subsidising the GH¢2.60 per day allocated to patients under the National Health Insurance Scheme, but it has been compelled to reduce the meals after realising that continuous reliance on the feeding fees would  worsen its financial burden.

Under the new arrangement, families are expected to support the hospital in meeting the nutritional needs of patients on admission.

During a visit to the hospital on Tuesday, some relatives of patients on admission expressed concern about the new arrangement and appealed to the appropriate agencies to address the concerns of the hospital.

Ms Rose Aikins, a relative of one of the patients told The Ghanaian Times that the family was actually at a loss as to the type of food they should provide to a relative on admission at the hospital.

She said the feeding at the hospital actually removed the burden on family members in the preparation of food for the relative on admission at the hospital.

Additionally, she said it afforded members outside the metropolis the assurance that the nutritional needs of patients at the hospital were well catered for.

A source at the hospital, which confirmed the story to The Ghanaian Times, explained that the hospital’s action was  due to the high cost of living, and that the provision of three meals a day was unsustainable with the GH¢2.60 being provided.

It said the feeding fees should be commensurate with prevailing market prices to enable the hospital to cater adequately for patients on admission.

The source, however, stated that arrangements had been made by the hospital to provide additional meals to patients from outside Cape Coast and its immediate environs.

The Director of the hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare, confirmed the story to The Ghanaian Times when contacted, and said the hospital was liaising with the relevant agencies to ensure an increment in the feeding fees.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast

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