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GCNET Donates Medical Equipments To National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre

Accra, Nov 25, 2015
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GCNET Donates Medical Equipments To National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre

The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) has presented items worth over GH¢40,000 to the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

The items included specialised shower units and bath trolleys, advanced dressing materials that can last for up to a week, and other essential items needed to treat patients admitted with burns to the Centre.

External Relations Coordinator of GCNet, Ama Amoah said: "As an institution of excellence that contributes significantly to national development, we couldn't feel unconcerned about the incident that befell as on June 3rd, 2015. As a result we conducted a needs assessment and were given some options in terms of what the Centre needed. We thought we would begin with those items and we are very happy to do this.

“This is also part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. We have adopted the Cardio Thoracic Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and provide assistance to the Centre every year. We are hoping to do the same with the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre.

“The items are worth a little above US$10,000 and we are looking forward to doing more and to strengthening this relationship."

On June 3, 2015, after a sustained period of heavy rains, there was a fire/explosion at a fuel station at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra that took the lives of tens of people, with many others sustaining various degrees of burns. The Burns Centre's resources were stretched and management called out to individuals and organisations for support.

Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, Director, National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital said: "Our health care system financing is not the best that it could be. A patient who comes in with severe burns typically will spend between GH¢30,000 to GH¢40,000 on their treatment before they leave hospital. Now the insurance system will give them only GH?1,000 -- and it is donations like these that help us to support our patients."

"I would like to thank GCNet for making good their promise. In the wake of the June 3rd disaster they visited and saw the Centre’s needs, and they promised to do something about it.

“These items were all imported because they are not manufactured locally. They include a shower unit that goes with the bath trolley. This is one of the basic things we use to threat burnt patients. When a patient gets burnt and they come in with sores and are dirty, we need to wash them down properly. If you are not able to keep the patients clean then infection rates rise exponentially.

“We are grateful and hope that other organisations will follow your good example, as excellence has to be maintained," Dr. Ampomah said.
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