Vodafone Foundation donates to two health institutions in Accra
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Vodafone Foundation Ghana has made separate financial donations to the Anatomy Department of the University of Ghana Medical School and the Cardiothoracic Centre all at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The donations forms part of the foundation’s pledge to offer financial support to these institutions to enable them meet their respective obligations of improving and enhancing the lives of patients and also improving upon the teaching and learning environment of students.
Established in 1964, the Anatomy Department has help trained many doctors in the country and continues to do so but under strained and difficult learning conditions. A tour to the department theatre on Wednesday by officials from Vodafone Ghana and journalists revealed nonfunctioning theatre lamps, old theatre tables with cracks in them and an appalling floor although clean and tidy, an environment which make teaching and learning very difficult for both lectures and students.
Presenting a cheque of ninety nine thousand Ghana Cedi to the officials of the Anatomy Department, the Head of External Affairs at Vodafone Ghana, Gayheart Mensah, reiterated Vodafone’s commitment in improving the socio economic lives of Ghanaians. “The Vodafone Foundation is interested in activities projects that have a positive social economic impact. We focus on health and education issues. The Anatomy department caught our attention because of its critical role and the contribution of this department to the delivery of health, we are all aware of the fact that when there is good health service it has its own way of impacting on economic development, on social development and so it falls in line with what the foundation focuses on: projects, programs and activities that have social and economic impact.”
He said the donation to the department was to help them acquire new theatre lamps to improve upon the lighting system and also teaching and learning environment of the department.
The next donation was made to the Cardiothoracic Centre where a cheque of Forty thousand Ghana Cedi was presented to heart surgeon Dr. L. A. Sereboe on behalf of the Centre.