Dredge Masters Limited (DML), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) has handed over a refurbished Children's ward to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) at a cost of GH₵ 1, 823,200.41.
The initiative, according to the Deputy Managing Director of the company, Mr. Samuel Borquaye is part of DML’s Corporate Social Responsibilities.
In his speech to mark the occasion on Wednesday (August 25, 2021), Mr. Borquaye said Dredge Masters is eager to embark on such projects as part of its efforts in reaching out to the communities.
"Indeed as a company, we own it as special responsibilities to reach to our communities to offer as such support as we can. However, it is sometimes difficult to identify relevant projects that will be impactful and sustainable, so when the call came for us to support this project, we were very happy knowing the kind of impact that it will have on our children and the country,” he said.
The project, according to Mr. Borquaye includes removal and replacement of aluminum framed and sliding windows, removal and replacement of defective doors with half air cubon doors.
The rest are the provision of kitchen cabinet and painting of the entire facility, providing of artwork for the children, removal, and replacement of all floor tiles in the washrooms, all offices, and all other rooms at the unit, changed the entire Belfast sinks.
“Mounted hand sanitiser dispensers, paper towel handrail, tissue dispensers, automatic hand dryers, fixed new water closets, wash hand basins, showers, taps, and mirror in the various washrooms of the department” he added.
In addition, he said Dredge Masters changed the main furniture of the ward which included the provision of three fire extinguishers, four 42” Samsung Smart TVs, 22 bedside lockers, eight conference chairs, four writing tables, four swivel chairs, a microwave, metal cabinets with glass, a Sphygmomanometer of different size of Cuff, and a Pulse Oximeter among others.
For his part, the Chief Executive Officer of KBTH, Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah said about 6,000 children are admitted yearly at the department “not only with normal cases but also with very complicated ones.
He was therefore grateful for the gesture and also commended the company for heeding to their call to give the second floor of the Child Health Department a facelift.
“We all must come together and support the Korle Bu Child Health Department to secure the health of our children,” the CEO of KBTH appealed.
According to him, one unique aspect of the department was its heroic deeds in constantly and tirelessly working to saving the lives of children.
He, therefore, lauded the leaders and staff of the department for their tremendous work in saving lives.
“The staff at this department are doing a solid work and need to be commended, cautioning that any nation that jokes with the health of its children does so at its peril,” he noted.
He assured that management of the hospital will ensure that the facilities provided are maintained to give quality service.
The Head of the Child Health Department of the hospital, Professor Christabel Enweronu Laryea, was full of gratitude for the work done by Dredge Masters.
“We are very grateful to Dredge Masters and Jospong Group of Companies for coming to our aid. It is one of the biggest supports the department has received,” she elatedly expressed.
She said it was very difficult managing the ward, in terms of its infrastructure, many of which were in a very deplorable state.
She, therefore, appealed to other cooperative bodies, NGOs to help restore other floors of the department.