A group calling itself Grassroot for John Mahama 2016, with the aim of mobilising support for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the 2016 presidential election, has donated assorted items to support the victims of the June 3, 2015 fire disaster that occurred at the Goil filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah circle in Accra.
Presenting the items, that included toiletries, cartons of assorted Malt drinks and cartons of mineral water worth several hundreds of Ghana Cedis to the National Reconstruction Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre in the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), the premier hospital taking care of the victims of the fire disaster, Mr Timothy Ataboadey Awonturim, Spokesperson and Conveyor of Grassroots for John Mahama 2016, said the presentation of the items forms part of the members of the group’s mandate as citizens of a country that experienced a twin disaster that saw over 150 innocent peoples lose their lives through no fault of theirs.
He said, the group was moved by the plight of the victims, hence the need to support the institutions taking care of them, to enable them provide better care to them.
He said, the presentation was to show gratitude to the varous institutions, for taking care of the innocent ones that suffered as a result of the fire.
He explained that the group was doing this as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), aside being a political movement and willing to help its fellow brothers and sisters in need.
He pledged the group’s preparedness to do more for the victims by helping to raise funds for the institutions giving the victims of the twin disaster that was experienced by the nation during the last heavy down pour in Accra.
Receiving the items, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, Director of the National Reconstruction Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre, said Burns are one of the difficult ailments to treat, and its treatment is very expensive and time consuming , and without support patients give up so early, he said
He said, it cost the average burns victim an amount of 20,000 to 30,000 Ghana Cedis to complete treatment.
He added that, even that after plastic surgery, the victim may not be as he or she was before the burns.
It in view of this, he said such supports go a long way to support the patients who are undergoing treatments.
He said, these contributions go a long way to give some kind of support to the victims undergoing treatment as majority of the patients find it difficult to pay for their treatment.
He explained the difficulties in paying for the cost of treatment, makes it possible for patients to abandoned treatment at early stage.
He revealed that the centre received 42 fire victims, two had been discharged and one died upon admission and the rest are responding to treatment.
He took the opportunity to call on other benevolent organizations to emulate the gesture done by the group.