The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) on Thursday presented the Burns Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching with $1 million (GHS3.8 million) to facilitate the development of the Centre’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Korle-Bu Burns ICU receives $1 million donation from GNPC
The CEO of GNPC, Mr Alex Mould said after the June 3 fire disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, in which over 100 people died, the GNPC resolved to assist the Burns Centre to upgrade its capacity.
Mr Mould said the GNPC had earlier donated $2 million through the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to help upgrade the laboratories of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research when Ebola broke out in West Africa last year.
He added that “Korle-Bu should be able to stand on its own and generate enough revenue.”
The Director of the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, who received the cheque on behalf of the Centre, said the construction of the ultra-modern Burns Centre, which began in 2006 had stalled for many years.
He added that a lot of patients died just because they could not get access to ICU facilities.
“Many of the deaths were avoidable and the images are still fresh in my mind,” he said.
Dr Ampomah said the company’s support would enable the Centre resolve some of its current challenges.
The Deputy Minister for Health, Dr Victor Bampoe, also expressed gratitude to the GNPC for its gesture, adding that GNPC have "demonstrated that they take their corporate social responsibility seriously."
The ICU, when completed, will be the first of its kind in West Africa, and will help increase the survival rate of burns patients from the current 40% to 80%.
The ICU will form a component of an $8 million ultra-modern Burns Centre, which will also have facilities such as: High Dependency Unit (HDP), Laboratory, Physiotherapy gym, leg ulcer clinic, modern fully-equipped consulting rooms, and laundry and sterilization unit.
Other facilities will include state of the art theatres, amenity wards, conference rooms, modern IT infrastructure with telemedicine and teleconferencing facilities, offices, and modern medical records management systems.
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