The Graphic Communications Group Ltd (GCGL) provided GHS11,000 to help pay for costs of surgery for two-year-old Master Gerald Awuah who has ventral hernia. The surgery will take place at the Pediatric Surgery Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. The support is part of the charitable outreach of the Graphic Needy Fund (the social support fund of GCGL) undertaken to mark the 70th anniversary of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL).
Presenting the cheque for the surgery, Ms. Yvonne Aryee of the Corporate Communications Unit of GCGL expressed hope that funds provided would be able to cover the cost of the surgery. Ms. Aryee was also hopeful that the procedure would be done early enough to enable Master Awuah recover and rejoin his school mates once school reopened in January 2021.
Head of the Paediatric Surgery Unit of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. William Appeadu-Mensah received the cheque on behalf of the parents of Master Awuah. Dr. Appeadu-Mensah expressed profound gratitude to GCGL and assured the company that the surgical procedure will be done as soon as the patient was medically fit for the surgery. “What you have presented is enough to take care of the surgery and the upkeep of the child in terms of the right nutritional requirement,” Dr. Appeadu-Mensah said.
Master Gerald Awuah is suffering from a type of hernia which is an opening in the abdomen, making the organs in the abdomen protrude. The condition could only be managed with surgery. Surgeons noted that the surgery had delayed because the patient kept developing minor medical conditions such as a cough and malaria. Surgeons are waiting while the patient undergoes malaria treatment and will proceed with surgery only after the patient is declared fit.