Man pays GHC1600 for ‘free’ anti-snake serum for his son

Man pays GHC1600 for ‘free’ anti-snake serum for his son

- A man, Kwabena Abraham, has paid GHC1600 for anti-snake serum to treat his son who is in SHS

- His son was sent to two health facilities but they were informed there were no anti-snakes serums available

- He later took monies from several sources and paid GHC1600 for four vials of the serum to treat his son

Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that a middle-aged man, Kwabena Abraham, has paid GHC1600 for anti-snake serum, which is to be freely given out by health facilities.

According to a report by Adomonline.com, Abraham’s son is a student at a Senior High School (SHS) at Sawla in the Northern region.

He was at home when he received a distress call that snakes have bitten his son, who is yet to be identified.

A nurse with a patient

Source: Adomonline.com
Source: UGC

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Scared of the consequences, Abraham ordered his son’s guardians to rush him to the Sawla Polytechnic to receive treatment.

However, Abraham said, his son called and told him the Sawla health facility had run out of the serum, and thus, he was transferred to the Wa Government Hospital.

He was however surprised when his son was informed there was a shortage of the anti-snake serum at the Wa Government Hospital.

He therefore said he had to get the vaccine from a source outside the hospital at an exorbitant price.

Abraham said the hospital initially requested for two vials of the vaccines, with each costing GH₵400.

A further request of two vials was made by the hospital authorities, making them four, at a cost of GH₵1,600.

The distraught father disclosed that he struggled, but eventually had money from savings and borrowings from friends and relatives to cover the cost.

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