Toyota Ghana Company Limited, has handed over a refurbished female ward to management of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital as a corporate social responsibility project as it marks two decades of operations in the country.
The refurbishment works included the conversion of a single patient occupancy ward into a set up that is capable of accommodating two patients and also a secluded area for nurses to go about their activities in a manner that necessitates confidentiality on patients’ documentation.
Managing Director of the company, Takuya Kajiura, speaking at a brief handing over ceremony, indicated that the gesture was the company’s way of helping to improve healthcare delivery at the hospital.
He said: “As a corporate entity, our support to the growth of the Ghanaian economy since our inception in 1998 has been very phenomenal; we have taken on the humble duty of contributing to the socio-economic development of the communities in which we operate.
It is the aspiration of all human beings to be in good health hence the need for us to invest a portion of our resources in the provision of good health infrastructure.”
He added: “We believe that this facelift will go a long way to improve healthcare delivered to patients of the hospital.”
Toyota Ghana, as the sole authorized distributor for Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), has expanded its network from one branch to a network of five business operational branches currently.
“The root of our philosophy has always been commitment to customer satisfaction with continuous improvement. These principles, I can confidently say, have resulted in many local and international awards,” Mr. Kajiura further indicated.
Among the numerous awards and recognitions include Toyota Ghana’s elevation to the “Elite Hall of Fame” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) and the TMC “Outstanding Customer Service Gold Award”.
Mr. Kajiura expressed the company’s appreciation to its cherished customers whose loyalty have pushed its growth and recognition as a strong automobile brand in the country over the past two decades.
Clinical Coordinator at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Amma Boadu, in her response to the gesture, applauded Toyota Ghana for coming to the aid of the facility.
She said the hospital, which was built in 1904, has seen no major rehabilitation thereby leaving it in a dilapidated state but for the benevolence of some philanthropic individuals and institutions that assists the facility from time to time.
“We would like to advise ourselves that a nation’s development has a relationship with the health of its populace; there certainly cannot be total health without mental health,” she noted.
Dr. Boadu called on the general public to rethink and change their attitude towards mental health issues if the country could indeed be developed.
The 20th anniversary celebrations of the company will also include a donation to the Korle-Bu Cardiothoracic Centre, a health walk and a staff dinner.