Vodafone Ghana unveils Cancer ward at Korle Bu
After a record-breaking six weeks of intensive work, Vodafone Ghana has transformed the cancer ward at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, into one of the leading cancer treatment facilities in West Africa.
The new ‘Herbert Osei Baidoo Cancer Ward’ was established as a lasting legacy to Herbert Osei Baidoo, a member of the Vodafone board, who passed away last year.
The world-class therapeutic facility will use 21st century technology to enhance the treatment of cancer, which is one of the leading causes of death in Ghana and the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation.
The 650-square-foot ward located on the second floor of the Surgical Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, was in need of renovation to provide the necessary standard of care for patients with cancer.
It has a brand new chemotherapy suite with reclining armchairs and entertainment that provides comfort to patients whilst receiving their treatment, a new cytotoxic room where pharmacists can mix and store toxic drugs safely and an increased number of beds for patients.
It also has new washrooms with ensuite facilities, air conditioning throughout the ward and a new waiting room for visitors and families.
Vodafone and RLG have supplied handsets and airtime that will be given to doctors, nurses and patients, to help them stay in touch and ensure that care plans are being followed.
The Multimedia Group also donated a MultiTV digibox and television with free subscription to the ward.
Vodafone has also implemented a maintenance programme with Korle Bu to ensure the long-term sustainability of the ward. Mr Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Vodafone Ghana said: “We demonstrated our passion for healthcare with the launch of our award-winning television programme Healthline, which is all about empowering Ghanaians to take control of their health. Transforming this ward into a world-class cancer treatment facility is our way of contributing towards the delivery of improved health care for Ghanaians.’
“We are absolutely delighted and proud to have such world-class facilities in our hospital. The entire team is excited about continuing to provide improved standards of care to cancer patients in Ghana,” said Professor Afua Hesse, CEO of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.