The Lebanese Community in Ghana donated GH₵100,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to the Paediatric Oncology Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra. The gift package included a cardiorespiratory monitor, four units of pulse oximeter fingertip, two portable oxygen cylinders, five weighing scale for infants, three units scale with height, two sets of 32 inch television sets, and a 1.5 HP air conditioner among others.

Ms. Madine Jaber, a representative of the Lebanese Community, said the donation was meant to support the hospital to deliver quality healthcare to the patients. Ms. Jaber noted the members of the community had been in Ghana for a long time so they feel they are part of the the people.

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Prof. Lorna Awo Renner, Head of the Oncology Unit of KBTH received the gift on behalf of the Unit and described the gesture as timely. Prof. Renner praised the Lebanese Community for the gesture, and called on corporate bodies and individuals to support the unit in its quest to deliver quality health care delivery.

Prof. Renner also appealed to the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to reconsider incorporating the diagnosis of child cancers onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). She explained that this would ensure early diagnosis and treatment of the disease, and improve the survival rate for many children, who die without being diagnosed, or through late diagnosis.

Witnesses of the donation included CEO of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Dr. Daniel Asiedu, Head of Child Health Unit of KBTH Prof. Ebenezer Badoe, senior doctors and members of the Lebanese Community.

Credits: GhanaianTimes.com.gh | Allia Noshie