British High Commissioner to Ghana Mr. Iain Walker completed his 1,000km cycling tour (called ‘Ghana Grand’) to traise funds for the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

The 1,000 km cycling adventure begun from Tumu in Upper West Region to the Black Star Square in Accra. To climax the tour High Commissioner Walker donated surgical equipment to the Burns Unit that were procured with funds raised from the tour.

The gift package included an examination bed for fistula surgery, two shower trolleys, patient monitors, micro-surgical kits and two microscopes for micro-surgery. The micro-surgery laboratory was also renovated.

Additionally, Mr. Walker commissioned a library and children’s playroom at the Burns Centre, which was refurbished at the cost of GH¢9,000. Funds for this project was raised from at the Christmas carols at the High Commissioner’s residence in December 2019.

The Ghana Grand tour was an initiative by Mr Walker to affect positive change in the areas of health, tourism and the natural environment in Ghana.

Mr. Walker said his outreach to the Burns Centre was in appreciation of its ‘special’ role in healthcare delivery in Ghana. Mr. Walker observed that the adventure was not just about cycling, but about sending a strong message that health really matters.

He commended staff of the Burns Centre for their contribution towards the delivery of quality healthcare services in the country and promised a stronger partnership between the British High Commission and the centre.

The Director of the Burns centre Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah who received the equipment on behalf of the centre and described the gift as timely. Dr. Ampomah explained that previously, doctors who trained in micro-surgery abroad returned to Ghana to find there were no tools to work with. Dr. Ampomah thanked Mr. Walker for the equipment

Credits: | Desmond Kofi Tawiah