The Korle-Bu Hospital Chest Diseases Department has been renovated with the support of Kabfam Ghana Limited, a local electronics company.
The company also donated a 50-inch television to the department to help it carry out health education to patients who visit the facility.
Speaking at the commissioning of the renovated department, the Head of Unit of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at the Chest Disease Department, Dr. Jane Afiyie-Mensah said the gesture was important to the department as it has been left in a deprived state for a very long time due to low investment.
She said the department is pleased with the support from the company as it had been in dire need of a renovation project.
“What we are seeing+ is one of the nice things we will love to see or we dreamt about in times past. It is something that was on our hearts. We wanted to see the chest unit renovated and looking good.”
“But one thing that we are happy about is that when we reached out to Kabfam, they extended a warm hand to us and donated to give the whole department a face lift. So we are very happy and we appreciate Kabfam for the good work they have done…. our patients are usually of the low socio-economic status. They don’t have too much money and so the Unit in itself does not generate too much money, hence the low investment.”
The Director of Corporate Communications at Kabfam Ghana Limited, Mrs. Jocelyn Antwi-Boahen explained that the move forms part of the companies corporate responsibility as it believes that the department plays an important role in the delivery of quality healthcare to the public.
She also appealed to other private organizations to join in contributing towards the improvement of the state of the hospital in Ghana.
“We are a profit driven company but as a corporate citizens, Kabfam will always engage in interventions that will improve the lives of the public who patronize and sustain our business.”
“When the request to give the building a face-lift was presented to our chairman, and upon seeing the poor state the facility was in, we didn’t hesitate to help as we believe this face-lift will really boost the morale of workers and will psychologically help in the healing process of patients who patronize this facility.”
We need more support
Meanwhile, Dr. Jane Afriyie-Mensah has appealed for more support for the department from corporate bodies and non-governmental organizations.
She told the media that there are many things the department lacks that need to be fixed.