The Executives of the foundation
The President of Leukaemia Project Foundation (LPF), Mansa Nettey, has hinted that measures have been put in place to start the construction of a comprehensive haematology and sickle cell centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra.
Ms Nettey added that the centre, which is expected to be the first in the sub-region, would comprise a number of the state-of-the-art facilities.
The equipment would be used to provide services in routine laboratories, special and tissue typing, day care wing for chemotherapy, supportive care and bone marrow registry (BMR), among others.
She said this in an interview with DAILY GUIDE during the foundation’s fitness campaign dubbed: ‘Walk For Life’ which took place over the weekend at Ghana International School, Accra.
She continued that Ghanaians would access services related to blood cancers and would no longer have to travel to Europe, USA or South Africa for such tests.
The President of LPF further mentioned that the leukaemia project was started in 2008 by a leukaemia survivor and two doctors at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Mansa Nettey added that in 2011, the foundation merged with Keith Agyapong Leukaemia Trust, and both have since made significant impacts on the society.
Dr Yvonne Dei, who is also an executive member of the foundation said leukaemia is the 10 th most frequently occurring of cancer in all races and responsible for a third of all cancer deaths in children under the age of 15.
She said a bone marrow transplant could however save lives of people battling with leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.
Dr Dei added, ‘Services being delivered to patients are not the best as the centre at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital lacks a number of equipment to help effect treatment. The cost for medication is equally high for the ordinary citizen to bear.’
She urged persons with any conditions related to blood cancers to call their helpline: 0243 55 09 80.
In a related development, friends of the late Aaron Ampofo, a former staff of MultiChoice who did not survive a leukaemia attack, donated $1500 as contribution towards the construction of the centre.
By Solomon Ofori
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