Miss Ghana Foundation, with the kind support of Ghana National Gas Company, donated GHS50,000 to Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Hospital to help pay cost of surgery for Ms. Jacklyn Ndede Boadi, 16, patient with scoliosis. The gift was the first installment of a total surgery cost of GHS80,000 and will enable the FOCOS Hospital commence the surgical procedure for Ms. Boad.

In remarks made at the giving event, Chairperson of Miss Ghana Foundation Ms. Inna Mariam Patty reiterated that Miss Ghana Foundation was passionate about positively impacting lives, Ms. Patty said projects such as helping pay surgery costs for children suffering from scoliosis was one of the social intervention projects in the area of health that the foundation supports. “We are grateful to benevolent organizations such as Ghana Gas and would humbly appeal to more of such organizations to support the good works of MGF,” she said.

Mrs. Nana Pokua Addo–Atuah, Assistant Manager for Corporate Communications at Ghana Gas Company, noted that the company was happy to lend support to the worthy cause as part of its CSR commitments and was looking forward to collaborating with Miss Ghana Foundation on future projects.

Dr. Irene Adorkor Wulff, CEO of FOCOS Hospital, received the funds and commended Miss Ghana Foundation and Ghana Gas Company for the kind gesture and appealed for more support for children who were waiting in line for similar corrective surgeries.

Ms. Francisca Bakari, mother of Ms. Boadi, recalled that she first noticed her daughter’s deformity in January 2020 and sought medical care at Kasoa Central Clinic where the child was referred to FOCOS Hospital for further investigation and treatment. According to Ms. Bakari’s narrative, the teen has difficulty in breathing and often experiences severe back pain, especially when she sits for longer periods or bends over. As a consequences, she is unable to further her education. She is also easily fatigued and unable to perform simple house chores. Jacklyn’s surgery was on hold due to lack of funds. However, with the timely intervention of Miss Ghana Foundation and Ghana Gas Company, she will be able to undergo surgery. She wants to return to school and pursue her passion in travel and tours and hospitality services.

Miss Ghana 2020 Monique Mawulawe Agbedekpui appealed to Individuals and Corporate Ghana to support the works of the foundation to help positively impact the lives. Miss Ghana 2020 second runner up Ms. Annlisa Anangfio and Mr. Ghana Brand Ambassador Mr. Bright Ofori witnessed the donation.

Since 2017 Miss Ghana Foundation has helped raise more than US$50,000 in funds to support or cover full cost of surgery for children with scoliosis. This has been made possible by the kind benevolence of individuals and organizations. In total, Miss Ghana Foundation has sponsored the cost of surgeries for two children, Ms. Gifty Amuzu, and Master Richard Kusi.