Mrs. Eunice Adjei-Bonsu, Director of Water, Kasapreko, handing over the cheque to Dr. Sereboe while Dr. Kwabena Adjei (1st right) and other officials of the Center and Kasapreko look on
Awake Water, produced by Kasapreko Company Limited (KCL), has presented an amount of GH¢20,000 to the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, as seed money for its ‘One for Life’ campaign.
The campaign, which is a partnership between the two institutions, will see Kasapreko Awake contributing a proportion of its profits to the Centre annually.
Thus, an estimated GH¢100,000 is expected to be presented to the Centre every year to help fund surgeries of needy patients.
Dr. Kwabena Adjei, Board Chairman of KCL, giving the opening remarks, traced the relationship between the two institutions to two years ago when Kasapreko came to support the Cardio Centre.
He observed that that relationship had grown into a partnership which was announced during the launch of the ‘One for Life’ campaign to fund the surgeries of patients who cannot afford the cost.
Dr. Adjei said the heart is one of the most important organs in the body that determines to a large extent if a person lives or not, therefore Kasapreko Awake was delighted to support the Centre with its proceeds while refreshing the people of Ghana.
“I encourage everybody to indirectly support the Cardio Centre by buying the Kasapreko Awake water as every bottle of it bought will support the Centre,” he entreated.
Dr. Lawrence Agyeman Sereboe, Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre, expressed gratitude to Kasapreko for fulfilling its promise, adding that the fund would help the people who need heart surgery to live.
He said there is a large number of children with poor backgrounds who need surgery regarding hole-in-heart conditions but the parents are unable to afford the cost of treatment.
Dr. Sereboe noted that fortunately for the country, there are specialist doctors at the Centre to help correct the defect but often, parents are unable to afford the cost, which is $6,000 to $8,000 for minimal cases, leading to some children losing their lives.
“With this, more Ghanaians will be grateful to you because they can have the quality of life they deserve through surgery,” he expressed.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri