A Paediatric Oncology (Cancer), Haematology and Physiotherapy Block has been inaugurated for the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
The block was solely built and furnished by the President of the Despite Group of Companies, Mr Osei Kwame Despite.
The inauguration was done on Friday to mark Mr Osei Kwame’s birthday.
Constructed within a period of two years, the block comprises consulting rooms, nurses’ reception station and office, a main ward for in-patients, a treatment area, a kitchenette and washrooms. Also included are a furnished rehabilitation gymnasium and a waiting area for the Paediatric Oncology (Cancer), Haematology and Physiotherapy units.
Named the “Osei Kwame (Despite) Children’s Block”, it will help improve on the quality of healthcare delivery to children with cancer-related diseases.
At a ceremony to hand over the facility to the hospital, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Medical Services honoured Mr Osei Kwame with a memento.
The Chief of the Naval Staff of the GAF, Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo, said issues related to children’s health care remained a major area of concern to many hospitals across the country due to limited capacity.
Although, the core mandate of the hospital was to take care of the medical needs of the GAF personnel, Rear Admiral Faidoo said it had over the years expanded its role to include civilian employees and the entire populace.
“Statistics show that about 75 per cent of total clients attended to by the 37 Military Hospital are civilians,” he stated.
Additionally, he stated that the hospital had been the front runner during national disasters and mass casualty even in the face of logistics and manpower constraints.
Rear Admiral Faidoo, therefore, expressed appreciation to the hospital’s benefactor for the project which he described as a laudable achievement as it would help cater for the childrens’ health needs.
He urged the personnel of the hospital to take good care of the facilities to ensure that it served its purpose effectively and efficiently for posterity.
The Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Brigadier General Ralph Kojo Ametepi, urged other corporate organisations and individuals to take inspiration from Mr Osei Kwame’s work and also take up other projects to help improve healthcare delivery in the country.
On behalf of Mr Osei Kwame, the host of Peace FM's morning show popularly known as Kokrokoo, Mr Kwami Sefa Kayi, recounted how the Children's Block became one of the top priorities of Mr Osei Kwame. According to him, after a regular medical check-up he went through at the hospital with one Captain John Kwesi Nyamekye, Mr Osei Kwame felt the need to support the hospital.
“This dialogue resulted in the construction of this Children’s Block which the authorities of the 37 Military Hospital have named The Osei Kwame (Despite) Children’s Block," he stated.
According to him, children represented the future and their health was paramount, adding that the facility would go a long way to enhance children’s health.
He thanked the management of the hospital for their guidance and cooperation that had led to the actualisation of the project.