Remains of the late veteran Actor and former Ghana Actors’ Guild President Nii Odio Mensah cannot be flown to Ghana for burial if his family is not able to raise a total of $68,000.
The sad information was revealed by Movie producer, Socrate Safo who was one of the closest people to the late movie star.
According to Socrate Safo, the amount will cover the hospital bill, the undertaker and other things which need to be done before the body could be transported from China.
Speaking on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review, on Thursday, Socrate said Nii Odoi Mensah needed $26,000 for treatment but was unable to raise the said amount.
“It’s going to cost $68,000 to bring the body back to Ghana. The cost covers the hospital bills, undertaker and other things.”
The “Hot Fork” producer further stated that at the time Nii Odoi Mensah needed money for the hospital bills, hospital authorities in China decided to treat him with the hope that he will be able to settle the debt. However, the cost kept increasing.
“The treatment is such that you have to be confined so they regulate your diet and movement. They decided to treat him hoping the amount will be paid but the cost kept increasing so they resolved that he return to Ghana while they send him the drugs”.
Socrate used the opportunity to plead with entertainment industry stakeholders, philanthropists, corporate organizations and individuals to support the late Odio Mensah’s family to raise the needed amount to be able to fly his remains to Ghana for a befitting burial.
Nii Odoi Mensah died on Tuesday April, 12, 2016 while he was undergoing kidney treatment in China, after battling with the disease for some years.