“It’s been two months now… the things started like malaria. I was vomiting a lot so I went to the Mamprobi Polyclinic and that was where I was diagnosed with kidney failure. They referred me to Korle-Bu and it was at Korle-Bu that I was admitted, and then they asked me to do a line in my body.”
The above was how Stephen Okine, a carpenter, received the devastating diagnosis on the condition of his health at the Mamprobi Polyclinic.
The shocking news, which he describes as a very difficult one for him has not only had impact on his finances, but also hugely affected the education of his children.
As a father, due to the cost of his dialysis, which he has to undergo, twice every week, costs him GHC1000.
Speaking with GhanaWeb’s Etsey Atisu while undergoing one of his dialysis sessions at the Ridge Hospital, Stephen said he has had to expend so much money – monies he does not even have.
“They referred me to Korle-Bu and it was at Korle-Bu that I was admitted and then they asked me to do a line in my body.
“It was not small money and after I did the line, I was placed on dialysis. After that, another line was opened around my neck. In fact, it has been very difficult.
“I come for the dialysis two times every week and I pay GH¢500 for each session, that is GH¢1000, so if you don’t have money, you will die,” he said, struggling most of the time to speak and keep his thoughts together.
He explained further that he has been forced to choose his health over the education of his children, but he is hopeful that some help can come through for him and other such patients soon.
“I am a carpenter… and it is little by little that I am able to go through this.
“I am pleading that people come to help us. If we can get some financial support to help with the cost of the dialysis, we will be very happy because we have children at home and with this GH¢500, we need to feed them, at the same time we don’t want to die, so we manage it.
“The children are therefore not able to go to school,” he added.
Stephen Okine was glad to hear that GhanaWeb has started a campaign to get the Parliament of Ghana to pass a legislation on organ donations in the country, adding that it would be one of the best things to happen in the country.