The 2021 Asogli Tennis Tournament of Ho Tennis Club raised GHS10,000 for the Cardiothoracic Centre Project of Ho Teaching Hospital. The tournament raised funds from donations and pledges from from the tournament players, fans, Chiefs of Asogli State and other stakeholders. The initiative by Ho Tennis Club was supported by Tennis Foundation Ghana and the Teaching Hospital’s Cardio Fundraising Project. The Ho Teaching Hospital launched the ‘Save a Heart, Save a Life’ Project in July 2021 to raise US$3.2 million to equip the hospital’s Cardio Centre and operationalize its units to enable the centre perform major heart-related surgeries, support patients with heart conditions and save lives.
Chairman of the Ho Tennis Club Dr. Eyram Bansah noted that it was the first time the club was dedicating the tournament to support a social cause and promised the club’s commitment to support the centre. Mr. Amos Dzah, Public Relations Officer of Ho Teaching Hospital and member of the Cardio Fundraising Project, observed that heart problems continued to be a number one cause of death, hence the urgent need to fully equip the cardio centre to be operational. Mr. Dzah explained that the poor state of the road networks that connect the hospital makes it difficult to transport referred patients to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
Once the Ho cardio centre becomes operational, it will be the second treatment facility in Ghana, which means residents of Volta and Oti Regions will no longer have to be referred to Accra for care, Mr. Dzah explained. “A centre is required for two million people and we must support this project to serve the people of Volta, Oti and beyond,” he added. The hospital management expressed gratitude to the Ho Tennis Club for the commitment to support the Cardio Centre Project.
Regional Maritime University Tennis Club won the tournament. Other participating clubs were from Police Depot, Ho and Tema-based Clubs. Togbe Agyeman, a Chief of the Asogli State and member of Ho Tennis Club and Mr. Roger Crawford, President of the Ghana Foundation witnessed the tournament and donation.