A SAD SITUATION
What do you make of this sad situation? From the BBC website,
A terminally-ill Ghanaian woman who was forced to return home after her UK visa expired is struggling to receive the medical treatment she needs.
Ama Sumani, 39, who has cancer and requires kidney dialysis, was removed from a Cardiff hospital and flown back to her home country on Wednesday. But she says she is unable to get care because she cannot pay hospital fees. UK officials said they had checked medical treatment was available in Ghana before she was flown home. Read the complete story here
You really can't fault the British; they felt the lady could get dialysis in Ghana. What I don't understand about our governments in Africa is that these facilities are paid for with money from national resources and taxes so why should people be denied treatment for life threatening conditions? I remember when we were in medical school, the doctor just had to certify that you were indigent and you got treatment.
We have the most privatized healthcare here in America, yet almost everyone needing emergency treatment will get it regardless of whether they can afford it and they are careful to build community facilities like Cook County and Dallas Parkland.
Our attitude to our own people is so terrible. The value we place on ourselves is the value others give to us. Do we have the right to expect a foreigner to treat any Ghanaian better when they hear this? The Christian is the voice of the society and I believe our churches need to take the government to task on this one. I also personally feel guilty because I do not do enough for my own. - Alien Warrior
Here is an update on the story from the BBC Correspondent in Accra.