Maame Abena Agyeiwaa, a burns victim and the founder of AJ’s Smiling Heart Foundation, has donated GH¢2000 cash and items including groceries and toiletries to the National Reconstructive, Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The donation, according to Josephine Asmah – a representative of the foundation, forms part of annual activities to help put smiles on the faces of burn victims on admission.
She added that the donation, aside from putting smiles on the victims’ faces, is to encourage them to stand up against discrimination to burn victims.
Ms. Asmah, citing Maame Abena as an example said: “After Maame’s unfortunate incident, she had to change her field of work which was catering to journalism – which she is currently doing very well”.
“She did not allow society’s prejudice to limit her from experiencing the other aspects of life but rather worked harder,” she added.
She further urged the public to support victims, as some of them have financial issues when it comes to purchasing drugs, items needed for treating wounds, and food when admitted.
Senior Nursing Officer at the Burns Unit, Mrs. Janet Lucy Halm, expressed gratitude and indicated that the foundation’s kind gesture will go a long way to help the Burns Unit.
Mrs. Halm also advised citizens to be very careful when dealing with gas cylinders, fire and anything that can cause a fire outbreak. She further cautioned mothers on handling children when using fire, hot oil and boiled water or any substance that can cause burns to a child.
“Children like to explore, therefore it is the duty of mothers to make sure that anything that can cause harm to them is taken away from their reach,” she advised.