Stanbic Bank has donated an amount of GH¢100,000 ($30,400) to the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to help offset some of the cost incurred in the treatment of the June 3 fire and flood victims. Half of the donation was raised through staff donations and the remainder matched by management of the bank.

The donation was meant to supplement the amount of GH¢601,500 released by government to various hospitals caring for the survivors – money the Director of the centre, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, described as inadequate. Dr. Ampomah explained to the team, led by the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank, Alhassan Andani, that the average cost for treating a patient with burns was estimated at GH¢30,000.  Meanwhile, in the first three weeks of the incident, the centre spent an average of GH¢900 on each patient daily.

A total of 16 persons were admitted to the burns centre, one died, while 12 others have been discharged, with three still on admission receiving treatment. He, however, warned patients who have been discharged to continue with the treatment, otherwise their wounds might develop keloids and skin cancer.

“I like the fact that staff of Stanbic actually contributed half of the amount,” Dr. Opoku said. “It’s very heart-warming to know that there are all these individual members of the bank supporting us. The donation will go a long way to alleviate the pain of our patients, and also help the centre to provide a better level of service for our clients in future.”

Mr. Alhassan Andani, whilst presenting the cheque to the centre, said severe burns can seriously affect a person emotionally and physically. “It affects not only the burnt victim, but the entire family and the larger community. Stanbic Bank is with the people of Ghana in their hour of pain, and we believe it is time to heal,” he noted.

Sources: The Chronicle and MyJoyonline.com