Melcom Foundation Gives To Cardio Centre

Dr Lawrence Agyeman Sereboe (right), Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre, operating one of the wheel chairs as Godwin Avenorgbo (left) looks on  

The Melcom Care Foundation on Friday donated equipment worth GH₵ 5, 400 to the National Cardiothoracic Centre and the Orthopaedic Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, as part of its cooperate social responsibility.

The equipment, which include 15 set of clutches, 10 wheel chairs and a ‘Pureit’ water purifying machine, were presented by Godwin Avenorgbo, Director of Communications of the Melcom Group of Companies to the Hospital Authorities in Accra.

Mr Avenorgbo said the Melcom Group of Companies, which consists of four separate entities; Melcom Limited, Century Industries Limited, Crownstar Electronic Industries Limited and Melcom Travel and Tours Limited, is celebrating its silver jubilee and that the donation was part of giving back to society.

He noted that the equipment would go a long way to enhance the mobility of patients in the hospital.

He explained that the water purifier machine was being given to the hospital in collaboration with the Unilever Ghana Limited, who are the manufacturers, to enable the centre to purify pipe- borne water.

He assured that within the coming weeks, Melcom Care Foundation, in partnership with Unilever Ghana Limited, would be donating more ‘Pureit’ water purifier machines to selected public institutions.

Receiving the equipment, Dr Lawrence Agyeman Sereboe, Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre, said the equipment would go a long way to promote healthcare delivery in the hospital.

He said the donation would also ameliorate the movement difficulties among patients.

He advised Ghanaians to be mindful of their weight and their eating habits, since they could be creating future cardiovascular problems.

Dr Sereboe said childhood obesity was becoming a major problem in the country, which could lead to cardiovascular diseases in the near future.

He further advised parents to ensure that their children do not feed on junk foods, which promote childhood obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

The Director urged Ghanaians to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in order to remain healthy and avoid cardiovascular diseases.

He advised the public to undergo routine checks for obesity, cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and especially, urged those above age 50, to do this routine check-up every six months, in order to avoid sudden deaths.

He thanked Ghanaians for supporting the Ghana Heart Foundation over the years, adding that, a contribution equaled to the cost of a bottle of mineral from every worker to the fund would go a long way to reduce the cost of heart surgery in Ghana.

Dr Sereboe on behalf of the management of the hospital lauded the Melcom Care Foundation for the kind gesture.

He also praised Professor Frimpong Boateng for starting the National Cardiothoracic Centre in 1989.

At the same function, Melcom Care Foudation also presented a cheque of GH₵1,500 to Ms Joseline Haize-Cobbina, a fifth year medical student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to support a two-month medical attachment in Norway.

An elated Ms Haize-Cobbina expressed her gratitude to the foundation and promised to work harder to justify the honour done her.


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