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Tamale Teaching Hospital Given Two-Week Ultimatum to Settle Debt or Face Disconnection

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The Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) has issued an ultimatum to the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) to clear its debt of about 46 million cedis or face disconnection. The hospital is the only tertiary healthcare facility in Northern Ghana, serving clients from Northern, Upper East, North East, Upper West, and Savannah Regions, as well as Togo, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast.

NEDCo’s debt recovery team, led by the Managing Director, Osmani Aludiba Ayuba, visited the TTH on Thursday to discuss payment terms. The MD stressed that the hospital must pay at least 70% of the debt to continue enjoying electricity supply.

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The hospital’s utility bills are paid by the government, and the hospital has written to the Ministry of Health to alert them of the development. However, the hospital management pleaded with the MD to consider the potential impact of disconnecting the facility.

NEDCo has started an exercise to recover over 1.2 billion cedis debt owed by various institutions in its operational area. Some of the institutions include the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, Bagabaga College of Education, Tamale College of Education, University for Development Studies, and Tamale Technical University.

On the first day of the exercise, NEDCo disconnected the Tamale and Bagabaga Colleges of Education and the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium. The debt recovery exercise is expected to end on May 18, 2023.

It is imperative for the TTH management to address the debt issue with urgency to avoid disconnection, which will affect the provision of healthcare services in the Northern Region. The government must also step in to support the hospital in settling the debt owed to NEDCo to prevent any potential health crises.

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