Association demands tax waiver on solar plants

The Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana (HISPAG) is demanding an immediate waiver on taxes on solar plants imported into the country.

In the first quarter of this year, health providers lost over 40 million Ghana cedis worth of drugs that got damaged due to inadequate supply of power.

Executive Director of HISPAG, Frank Torblu says the power crisis is crippling the health facilities in the country.

Joy News reported the chilling sight and sounds of pregnant women being delivered in near darkness situations at the Kaneshie Polyclinic.

Kwetey Nartey who visited the hospital said nurses relied on torch lights as they worked tirelessly to deliver a new born baby.

The lights at the hospital had gone off and the generator had also developed some fault.

Frank Torblu said the issue about hospitals working in a near darkness situations is widespread in the country’s health centres.

He told Joy News the cost of running generators in hospitals is becoming too expensive, hence the unfortunate development.

Worse still, the funds to finance the running of the generators are also not forthcoming, he indicated.

He said almost 90 per cent of the resources they need to administer the various hospitals is supposed to come from the NHIA but for several months that money has been in arrears.

Frank Torblu called on government to waive all taxes on solar energy products and liaise with importers to bring such products in large quantities so that hospitals can rely on such products in the face of the power crisis.

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