Kasapreko Company Limited donates to National Cardiothoracic Centre


Kasapreko Company Limited (KCL) has donated GH¢70,000.00 and boxes of mineral water to the National Cardiothoracic Centre (NCTC), Korle Bu to support patients to undergo heart surgeries.

The donation which was made over the weekend followed a step taken by the Founder of the Company, Dr Kwabena Adjei to personally donate GH₵10,000.00 to the Centre.

Mr Clarence Amenya, Head of Internal Business Development of the KCL told the GNA in interview that the exercise was a way of giving back to society as a company since heart surgeries were expensive and many people could not afford it.

“For instance a patient at the Centre is required to pay $ 8000, which is equivalent to GH ¢32,000.00 and its only well to do people that can easily afford payment of this amount. Even with rich people, the amount is not small to them”.

He said the Company therefore decided to donate a Pesewa out of each bottle they sell, to the Centre to help them undergo as many surgeries as possible.

He said the Cardio Centre approached the Company for support some time ago, but Management decided to make it a permanent step to support the Centre from time to time.

Mr Amenya said the Company had supported educational institutions including SOS children’s village, the Biochemistry Department of the University of Ghana and they would continue to assist Ghanaians whenever there were availability of funds.

Dr Lawrence Agyeman Sereboe, Director of NCTC, Korle-Bu who received the cheque and water on behalf of the Centre said about five people could be helped from the donated amount and their quality of life as well as life expectancy would be much better.

Explaining how the Centre would use the money in an interview to the GNA, Dr Agyeman Sereboe said it would be used as a top up the initial payments of some patients for them to undergo the necessary surgery.

He said the average heart surgery cost from $ 6000 to $ 8000, adding that operating on the heart was not easy and only done with imported expensive tools.

“Heart surgery is even not costly in Ghana because elsewhere, one is not going to pay less than $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 per case”.

Dr Agyeman Sereboe noted that one out of every 100 children that were born with a hole in heart condition.

He said previously, 50 per cent of children with the condition were dying before their first birthday but the establishment of the Centre had reduced the condition.

Appealing to the public for support, the Director said: “Donate the equivalent of the cost of one bottle of soft drink or alcohol you take every month. I tell you if we have one million Ghanaians doing this, we will have enough funds to support our children, brother and sisters who need heart surgery.”

He advised people to eat heart healthy diets such as avoiding foods that were high in fat and cholesterol, including more fruits and vegetables, undertaking exercise or walking for 35 minutes four times every week, and avoiding smoking since it destroyed the heart.

“People think smoking shisha has become the trend now. However, spending one hour on the shisha machine is equivalent to smoking 100 sticks of cigarette and its suicidal.

“Unfortunately a lot of young people are involved in this act and they have to stop it,” he said.

Dr Agyeman Sereboe urged individuals to go for regular medical check-up so that their problems could be easily managed when detected, adding that people with diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension have risk factors of getting heart problems therefore regular checkups could prevent eventual heart damage.

GNA

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