Dr. Serebour receiving the dummy cheque from José Fernando Sánchez–Junco Mans
MAXAM, a dynamite manufacturing company, has donated a cheque for GH₵30,000 to Ghana’s National Cardiothoracic Center.
José Fernando Sánchez–Junco Mans, President and Chief Executive of MAXAM, said the donation was part of the company’s social corporate responsibility to the Ghanaian community after doing business in the country for some 23 years.
“The Cardiothoracic Center is an important unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and we hope the donation would go long way in supporting its activities,” he said.
Ahunuabobrim Nana Pra Agyensem VI, Paramount Chief of Assin Kushia, who was chairman of the ceremony said, “MAXAM is a company that has a ‘heart’ and trying to demonstrate support for the Cardiothoracic Center. The gesture is the beginning of a long relationship between the company and the cardio unit.”
“It is very easy for us all to fall victim and we are trying to help,” the chairman added.
Dr. Lawrence Serebour, Head of the National Cardiothoracic Center, said the donation would go a long way to save lives and improve the life expectancy of at least two or three Ghanaians who would be treated at the cardio unit.
Dr. Serebour said the average cost of treatment, even at the subsidized rate, ranges between $6000 and $8000, which is way above what the average Ghanaian can afford to pay.
Last year the National Cardiothoracic Center had about 400 operations of various degrees, with about half of that being open heart surgeries mostly done on children whose parents could not have afforded the cost but for donations from MAXAM and the others, he said.
A Business Desk report