Bansang Hospital Spends over D174,000 Monthly on Medical Items 

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By Kebba AF Touray

Officials of the Bansang Hospital have informed the National Assembly about the daunting challenge of spending over One Hundred and Seventy-Four Thousand Dalasi (D174, 000) each month on medical items.

The Board and Management of Bansang General Hospital made this disclosure before the Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) of the National Assembly. The hospital’s report for the periods 2016 to 2020 was presented before the FPAC for scrutiny, consideration and adoption.

The officials said during the four years under review, they collected the sum of Fourteen Million Two Hundred and Forty-Four Thousand and Forty-Five Dalasi (D14,244,045) while the total expenditure on drugs and other medical items such as oxygen was Twenty-Four Million Seven Hundred and Thirty-Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Twelve Dalasi, Eighty Bututs (D24,735,312.80), representing a monthly average of D174,854.40.

The officials disclosed that they tested Nineteen Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight (19,328) people for HIV & AIDS, out of whom, One Thousand Two Hundred and Thirty-One (1231) tested positive. They included One Hundred and Eighty-Four (184) pregnant women and Four Hundred and Forty-Five (445) male.

The officials also informed FPAC that a total of Twenty-Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Six (27,406) patients were admitted to the hospital between 2016 and 2020. From that number, Eight Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty-Six (8566) were children, Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty-Six (7266), Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty-Seven (4957) adult males, Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty-Nine (4869) adult females and One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty-Eight (1748) people with eye conditions.