The Upper East Regional Minister, Hon Stephen Yakubu has pledged GHȻ80000.00 on behalf of the 15 Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) in the Region to support establish a Haemodialysis Centre at the  Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga.

The amount is 10 percent of the total estimated cost of GHȻ800,000.00 for the project.

The Minister, at a fundraising durbar to solicit support to establish the Centre, tasked the MDAs including the Regional Coordinating Council to contribute GHȻ5000.00 each towards the project.

He expressed concern about the non-availability of a dialysis Centre in the region which compelled patients to travel on daily basis to the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) and other tertiary health facilities outside the region for dialysis.

“This is highly unbearable, avoidable and profoundly unjust. This unacceptable state of affairs has over the years claimed precious lives and hindered the progress and development of individuals, communities and the region as a whole,” Hon Yakubu said.

The durbar was chaired by the Tongraan, Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang,  Paramount Chief of Talensi Traditional Area and Member of the Council of State for the Region.

The Paramount Chief commended Mr Patrick Ayamga Ayariga, a Critical Care Nurse and Dr Emmanuel Akatibo, a Physician Specialist who are both staff of the Hospital  for the initiative to establish the Centre.

The Chief called on sons, daughters and residents in the Region to support establish the Centre.

A total cash amount of GHȻ13,719.50 was raised during the launch of the fund, while an amount of GHȻ117,400.00  pledges from institutions and individuals were made.

Donations from members of the public, organizations, philanthropists among others, could be sent to a designated account name; Regional Hospital Pooled Donor Fund with number: 1103040189101 at the National Investment Bank (NIB), Bolgatanga Branch.