The Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Ghana, held its second Fundraising Dinner at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, over the weakened.
Themed: “Make a move to support a child”, this year’s event was aimed at raising funds to support 100 needy patients who require the varied complex spine surgeries.
Addressing the over 200 guests at the event, Prof.Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Founder and Medical Director of FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital, expressed gratitude to donors, sponsors and partners for the continuous support towards the dream of the centre, recounting aspects of the FOCOS story since its inception and how far it has come.
“We are the number one orthopaedic hospital because of all the medical professionals who work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for every patient we treat.
Thanks to the state-of the arts facility that we have established and the advanced care FOCOS can now change these lives.”
He reiterated the Hospital’s resolve to extend it services to other parts of Africa with the experience gathered so far in delivering quality orthopedic healthcare in the West African region.
He said: “As the only centre in Africa and the most experienced in the application of traction devices, combined with reconstructive spine surgery, children from as far as Ethiopia and Philippines have come and gotten back in the game of health living. We have probably the most number of patients who have gone through this traction devices to treat the most complex spine deformities.”
In an address delivered on behalf of the Board of Directors of FOCO, the Board Chair, Ambassador Fritz Poku emphasised the inability of government to support specialty care due to limited resources, reminding donors of and sponsors of the instrumental roles they play by supporting FOCOS to carry out its mandate.
“Specialized healthcare such as the FOCOS Hospital provides is an expensive enterprise. But in a middle-income country such as Ghana, with limited means, government has traditionally, and reasonably so, concentrated towards primary healthcare and prevention. This nevertheless, leaves quite a significant segment of our population out of universal health coverage, rendering those with musculoskeletal deformities and disabilities especially children, desperate.
Your presence here this evening gives us the hope that you intend to go the long haul with FOCOS. You certainly understand that as a non-for-profit organisation which has committed itself to provide comprehensive affordable orthopaedic and spinal care to the very needy in society, FOCOS is deserving of your help,” Ambassador Poku added.
Other speakers for the night were the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Authority, Dr. K.K Sarpong, Ghanaian Hollywood actor, Boris Kodjoe, and a few more others, with Yaw Sakyi Afari and his wife Mrs. Bettina Boateng-Afari, being the auctioneers for the night.