Friday, August 14, 2015

Ghana: Melcom Care Foundation Donates Medical Essentials to Four Public Hospitals

As part of its give-back-to-society agenda and health support programme, Melcom Care Foundation, the Social and Charity Division of the Melcom Group of Companies, has donated Medical Refrigerators, Bedside Refrigerators and Pure-It Water Purifiers to five public hospitals in Accra.
The hospitals are the 37 Military Hospital, Police Hospital, Tema General Hospital, Ridge Hospital and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The 37 Military Hospital received 2 Bedside Refrigerators and 3 Pure-It Water Purifiers while the Police, Tema General, Ridge and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospitals each received 1 Medical Refrigerator and 3 Pure-It Water Purifiers.
While the Bedside Refrigerators were bona fide donations by Melcom Care, the Pure-It Water Purifiers were jointly donated by Melcom Group, distributor of the purifiers, and Unilever, the brand maker.
In his remarks at the presentation ceremony in Accra, yesterday, Mr Godwin Avenorgbo, Director of Communications, Melcom Group, said the donation of Medical Refrigerators was a first step to ensuring that blood donated to the hospitals were kept safe for screening and infusion to save lives.
Mr Avenorgbo announced that the Chairman of Melcom Group, Mr Bhagwan Khubchandani, had directed that the possibility of awarding medals to all voluntary blood donors who participated in Melcom Blood Donation Campaigns be explored. He disclosed that Melcom Care Foundation had institutionalized blood donation as an annual bleeding exercise and that in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the bleeding exercises yielded 435 pints, 639 pints and 824 pints of blood, respectively.
He said the Foundation was set up to reach out and meet needs across board, from children in need to medical care and education support through a well-managed scholarship scheme from primary to the tertiary level of education and expressed the hope that the donation would go a long way to enhance the relationship between Melcom Group and the various hospitals.
Present at the ceremony was the Deputy Minister for Health, Dr. Victor Kampoe, who expressed appreciation to the Foundation for the donations, and pledged government's commitment to working with organizations like the Melcom Group.
Also present at the ceremony was a representative of the National Blood Service, Dr Justina Ansah, who also thanked the Foundation for the kind gesture over the years and appealed to other organizations to emulate their example by donating blood to save lives.
The donation formed part of activities marking the birthday of Mrs Sheila Khubchandani, wife of the Chairman of Melcom Group.
Last year, the Foundation donated an ambulance to the 37 Military Hospital to commemorate the birthday of the Chairman of Melcom Group.

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