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Gold Coast , a subsidiary of Groupe Nduom, has put smiles on the faces of the children’s department of the Accra Ridge Hospital and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
The preferred Best Fund Manager, 2016 donated bags of locally produced rice, Edwumawura Rice, assorted drinks, gallons of oil, cartons of mineral and undisclosed cash amount to the two hospitals, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Donating the items the Chief Executive Officer of Gold Coast, Mr. Kwame Ofori Asomaning said that they were aware of the difficulties that the hospital, especially the children’s department were saddled with. He said it was a culture of Groupe Nduom to assist such facilities, particularly those providing special services to people.
Mr. Asomaning promised the hospital that “it would not be a one-off gesture, but rather a beginning of the company’s continuous support”. He noted that, GN Foundation, another company under the umbrella body – Groupe Nduom paid special attention to needy facilities, and that the Ridge Hospital would be one of the beneficiaries.
At the tour of the children’s department of the hospital, he expressed dismay about the conditions the children are subjected to, because of inadequate resources to give them best of services.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Unit, Dr. Nana Sereboe, who showed delight about the kind gesture, mentioned that “it’s motivating to be assisted at this period, because a lot of people are at the comfort of their homes and families, but health workers have chosen to save lives during the same festivities”. She said the donation would be put to good use by using it to the optimum benefit of the children, contrary to perceptions that such items would be used by the health workers themselves.
Meanwhile, at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, the same items and cash were donated, but in addition with clothing for the inmates. Receiving the donation, the Deputy Director of Nursing, Dr. Emmanuel Pappoe revealed that the facility is distressed and called on philanthropists and other corporate bodies to support them regularly.
He said government’s annual subvention was inadequate to cater for the inmates, whose needs are always unmet.
Dr. Pappoe also said, out of the current number of 420 inmates, only a handful of families visit their patients. He lamented that some people also gave them wrong telephone numbers and home addresses, so they were unable to get in touch anytime they needed them.