Kasapreko’s Awake donates to Korle-Bu Cardiothoracic Centre

March 20, 2017
Source: Felicia Ansah/thebftonline.com/Ghana
Kasapreko’s Awake donates to Korle-Bu Cardiothoracic Centre

Awake Purified Drinking Water, a product of the Kasapreko Company Limited (KCL), has donated GH¢100,000.00 to the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle -Bu Teaching Hospital to help operate on patients suffering from heart diseases.

This initiative is a collaborative exercise the Kasapreko Company is currently running with the National Cardiothoracic Centre in that whenever a 500ml and 1,500ml bottle of Awake Mineral Water is purchased, the centre receives 1 or 2pesewas to help support the economically disadvantaged   patients who cannot afford their medical bills for heart transplants, surgeries and others.

Samuel Wilberforce Awuku-Darko, National Sales Manager of Awake, said: “We are enthused to be here once again to do the quarter three and quarter four presentation with respect to 2016, and as at now, we have done GH¢126,000 and we are more than privileged to present a donation of GH¢100,00.00 representing Q3&Q4 of 2016 respectively.

Mr. Awuku added that “we are poised however, to strategically trumpet this campaign nationwide to attract a higher patronage at the various vantage hubs to boost sales of the water in the country in order to support the cardio centre.”

Dr. Lawerence Agyemang Sereboe, Director, of the National Cardiothoracic Centre, appreciated the kind gesture and shared with the B&FT that “we have received a lot of support from Awake, and this money will go a long way to save many lives but we prioritise to   primarily handle   those with urgent surgeries that, without such intervention, they may have to lose their lives,” he said.

He noted that if children do not get their surgical intervention on time, “we will miss the boat; and there are some patients too their conditions are so bad that, if you don’t operate on them on time, you may lose the patients and these are the people we give priority to.”

He noted that although, cardio surgeries are expensive society should be able to devise a means to help support the vulnerable. “I am calling on corporate entities and others to kindly contribute their quota, so that we the health authorities can also administer our contribution to save lives that need not to be lost,” he added.

According to him, a heart surgery could at least cost an individual about US$6,000 to US$10,000.

Awake has donated so far GH¢220,000 to the cardio centre and 16 patients have benefitted from this initiative and it is estimated that about 10 people would also gain from the latest donation.