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GNPC supports needy orthopedic patients

  • SOURCE: The Finder | Isaac Aidoo
  • Ghana’s state oil company, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) says it will continue to make essential healthcare services available to patients who are in dire need of them but are unable to afford the costs thereof.

     

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GNPC, Dr Kofi Koduah Sarpong maintains that it is the vision of the Corporation to be a leading global oil and gas organisation, whose operations have a profound impact on the quality of life of Ghanaians.
    Speaking at the commissioning of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine co-funded by GNPC for the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital, at Pantang in Accra, Dr Sarpong lamented the challenges many patients go through in meeting the costs of treating orthopedic conditions in Ghana.
    The newly installed MRI, worth $1.6million will enhance the hospital’s imaging capability to diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal conditions.
    Already equipped with Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner and other powerful X-ray machines, the MRI is set to complement the leading hospital’s array of radiological equipment.
    GNPC responded to a request from authorities of the hospital to provide counterpart funding for the MRI, since a philanthropic couple, Wayne and Claire Heyland, based in the United States of America, were ready to commit $1million to the project.
    According to Dr Sarpong, as part of the agreement with the hospital, “GNPC will fund the treatment of a number of needy patients with severe orthopedic conditions over the next five years, in its areas of operation.”
    The gesture, he noted had already taken off in 2018 with the successful treatment of six patients with complex spine problems, followed by community orthopedic screening in the Shama district of the Western region in January 2019.
    Health, Dr Sarpong pointed remained one of the deliverables under the Corporation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
    GNPC has been investing in the building of clinics in some communities and will soon be sponsoring some European Medical teams to undertake hernia operations in the northern Ghana.
    It will be recalled that the GNPC funded the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre (NRPSBC), Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) which facility was commissioned in December 2018.
    The Corporation has also provided funding for the building of the first-ever Blood and Sickle Cell Centre at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.
    Founder and CEO of the hospital, Prof Emeritus Oheneba Boachie-Adjei welcomed the gesture, describing it as “timely,”
    “In the past, we have sent patients out to other facilities to get MRI studies and this sometimes delayed timely diagnosis and disrupted service delivery at the hospital,”
    Prof Boachie-Adjei was grateful to GNPC and the Heylands “for coming together to help FOCOS acquire an MRI machine to provide the highest quality orthopedic care to the underserved in our society.”

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