The 1995 year group of Wesley Girls Old Girls Association donated a pediatric hemodialysis machine worth GHS96,000 to the Children’s Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. President of the 1995 Alumni Year Group Mrs. Akua Owusua Donnir said the Group made the donation as part of activities to mark the Year Group’s silver jubilee.

We identified a gap in the healthcare system of Ghana, especially when one of our own became a specialist in the pediatric renal unit…We have pediatric hemodialysis machines but there is none solely dedicated to the care of children. So as we celebrate our silver jubilee…we felt the need to give back to society, hence our decision to purchase a pediatric hemodialysis machine, which is the first of its kind in Ghana to serve the purpose of helping children who suffer renal failure.”

Mrs. Akua Owusua Donnir, President of 1995 Year Group of Wesley Girls Old Girls Association

Mrs. Donnir described donation as the 1995 Year Group’s widow’s mite contributed to support Ghana’s development. The Group hoped that children suffering from renal problems would get some comfort in knowing that their health condition could get better with treatment.

The Children’s Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital faced challenges in caring for kidney patients because of the hospital did not have a hemodialysis machine. The Head of Pediatric Nephrology Unit at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Dr. Victoria May Adabayeri explained that the hospital did not have a pediatric dialysis machine dedicated to child patients:

We share a pediatric dialysis machine with adults who are about 200 miles away just because of how convenient it is but they are in the medical block. We do have emergencies that come to the emergency room or the emergencies develop at the ward and they need to use the dialysis or the hemodialysis machine and it can sometimes be a nightmare to send them all the way there.

Dr. Victoria May Adabayeri, Head of Pediatric Nephrology Unit at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

Dr. Victoria May Adabayeri described it as a “miracle” the fact that the Children’s Department of the Hospital will have a dialysis machine for exclusive use at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The equipment will be accessible to children who need it in the emergency room or the ward.

I am so excited…So it’s going to fill a very big void;. We cannot say thank you enough to the 1995 Wesley Girls Association. Thank you very much and we are so appreciative of your gift, ” Dr. Adabayeri added.

CEO of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah expressed gratitude to 1995 Year Group for the assistance. Dr. Ampomah said when children suffered from some of these [renal] conditions, it almost became a death sentence even though it is no fault of any child to be born into poor families.

The quality of society is measured in the lives of our children. So if you have a good society, then we should see it reflecting in how we take care of the children, especially those who are vulnerable. It is in this light that I am very appreciative of your gesture”, Dr. Ampomah added.

Witnesses at the donation event included National President of Wesley Girls Old Association Mrs. Effie Buedwua Simpson, Head of Children’s Department Prof. Christabel Enweronu Laryea, District Director of Nursing Services Mrs. Evelyn Kumah and Head of Public Relations Mr. Mustapha Salifu.

A dialysis machine is used to filter blood to remove excess water and waste products when the kidneys are damaged, dysfunctional, or missing. Dialysis removes waste substances and fluid from the blood that would otherwise be expected eliminated by the kidneys. Dialysis may also be used for individuals who have been exposed to or ingested toxic substances to prevent renal failure from occurring.