For frail persons to be moved easily when taken to the hospital for treatment, the Rotary Club of Accra-Labone, has embarked on a wheel chair project dubbed, “Wheelchairs for Hope” .
In a colourful ceremony, members of the Rotary Club of Accra-Labone, a voluntary organization that serves humanity presented fifty wheel chairs to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Korle-Bu Polyclinic and the Disability Association of Ghana.
In all the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital had 30 Wheelchairs, Korle-Bu Polyclinic had 10 and the Disability Association was given 10.
Speaking at the presentation of the items to the beneficiaries in Accra; Lamtiig Apanga, President of the club, said it is common in the various health facilities to see nurses struggle for wheelchairs to assist patients.
“This urgently means that the health facilities require the use of Wheelchairs to enable patients get to the point of care within the hospitals.
You usually left stranded, frustrated and helpless when sick relatives go through the pain when they finds themselves in these circumstances”, he said.
According to him, there are persons in the society, who have become immobile as a result of illness or some infirmity and require a wheelchair to help them move about.
He said, in most cases these persons are resourceful individuals, who can contribute to the societal growth, but their inability to move about normally make them appear as a liability to their families and dependents.
Therefore, the need for wheelchairs for people who find themselves in these circumstances, has become inevitable.
He added that wheelchairs in the lives of the persons in such situations will make life more meaningful and make them become less dependent on their
It is in view of this that the Rotary Club of Accra-Labone, as part of its wheelchairs for Hope project for the year 2016/ 2017, decided to assist the hospitals.
He said the presentation of the wheelchairs with the assistance of Cnergy Ghana Limited and G2 Medical Laboratory marks a milestone in the club’s agenda to mobilize one hundred wheelchairs to support health and allied institutions across the country on the theme of the project.
He noted that, the initiative was launched by the club on July 14, 2016, with the aim of raising funds from benevolent individuals, corporate organizations, and partners to purchase wheelchairs for beneficiaries.
He thanked the club members and other benefactors, adding that the club, will be knocking on their doors for more assistance.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mustapha Salifu, Public’s Relations Officer (PRO) of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, thanked members of the club.
He appreciated the kind gesture, saying the quantity given to Korle-bu, was encouraging.
According to him, they have been receiving wheelchairs, but not in these numbers.
He pledged the hospital, would make sure they are distributed to the various departments, to ensure it is used for the purposes for which it was donated.