ECG Set To Disconnect Korle Bu, Komfo Anokye And Over 80 Other Hospitals Over GH¢261m Debt

ECG Set To Disconnect Korle Bu, Komfo Anokye And Over 80 Other Hospitals Over GH¢261m Debt

  • The Electricity Company of Ghana is set to disconnect 91 hospitals from the national grid due to outstanding debts
  • The health facilities, including Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the 37 Military Hospital, collectively owe GH¢261 million
  • This move is part of the ECG’s comprehensive effort to recover funds owed by customers

The Electricity Company of Ghana's task force is set to disconnect 91 hospitals from the national grid due to outstanding debts owed to them.

The health facilities, spread across the country, collectively owe up to GH¢261 million.

The Electricity Company of Ghana's task force is set to disconnect Korle Bu, Komfo Anokye and over 80 other hospitals over GH¢261m debt
Komfo Anokye hospital. Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

According to Citi News from the ECG, numerous health facilities will face power cuts 48 hours after receiving a “demand notice.”

Notable hospitals that could be affected include Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Manhyia Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region and the Ho Teaching Hospital.

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This move is part of the ECG’s comprehensive effort to recover funds owed by customers in order to strengthen its operational capabilities.

The ECG did not spare Ghana's Parliament after it was hit by a power cut during proceedings on Thursday, February 29, 2024. The power cut was reportedly linked to a GH¢23 million debt owed it.

The ranking member of the Mines and Energy Committee, John Jinapor, said the power outages were due to a lack of fuel for the thermal plants in Takoradi, which have since shut down.

Deputy Minority Leader Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah demanded a load-shedding timetable in January because of these concerns.

Fears about the return of dumsor started in May 2022

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported that last year, the rampant unannounced power cuts in large areas of the country prompted concerns about the return of dumsor, or intermittent power cuts.

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Experts were worried about the country's inability to meet the growing demand for electricity consumption.

But the Energy Ministry and available data dispelled fears that dumsor was back.

At the time, the Chamber of Independent Power Producers and Bulk Consumers (CIPDiB) called for the inclusion of a $1.4 billion debt owed to them by the government in the mid-year budget review.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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Delali Adogla-Bessa (Current Affairs Editor) Delali Adogla-Bessa is a Current Affairs Editor with YEN.com.gh. Delali previously worked as a freelance journalist in Ghana and has over seven years of experience in media, primarily with Citi FM, Equal Times, Ubuntu Times. Delali also volunteers with the Ghana Institute of Language Literacy and Bible Translation, where he documents efforts to preserve local languages. He graduated from the University of Ghana in 2014 with a BA in Information Studies. Email: delali.adogla-bessa@yen.com.gh.

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