The founder of Svani Group of companies; Thomas Swaniker Svani, has been appointed a member of the Korle –Bu Teaching Hospital’s Trust Fund to manage investible funds of the hospital.
The trust fund is meant for mobilizing resources to support needy patients in the hospital, as well as provide equipment and infrastructure, with the aim of improving the delivery of healthcare in country.
Mr. Svani is also the founder of Svani Limited, an automobile retailing company that supplies vehicles to neighboring West African countries.
He is also the owner and Chairman of Global Strategic Ventures Limited which supplies security solutions, armoured vehicles and bullion vans to governments, banks and mining companies in the sub-region.
He is also equally the co-founder and Chairman of Africa Capital Limited, the largest shareholder of Fidelity of Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited and the chairman of the Advisory Board of the bank.
Mr. Svani, interestingly, acts as consultant and an advocate for international companies which wishes to invest and operate in Ghana and Africa.
He joins the nine-member trustees as a member with Justice Senyo Dzamefe, a Justice of the Court of Appeal; as Chairman.
The rest are, Nana Obokomatta IX, Amankorahene of Gomoa Akyimpim Traditional Council in the Central Region, Nii Nikoi Amasa, Corporate Monitoring Manager of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Rebecca Okai, a Procurement Specialist, Ministry of Communications’ eTransform Project.
The rest are, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong , Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Seth Adjei Baah, former Member of Parliament (MP) Nkawkaw Constituency in the Eastern Region and Chairman of Shaba Group, Lawrence Addo, Managing Directorof Relish Health Foods Limited and Dr. Gilbert Buckle, Chief Executive Officer of Korle-Bu teaching Hospital (KBTH).
Speaking at the inauguration of the Board attended by the Korle-Bu Board Chairman, Prof. Anthony Sallar; Alex Segbefia, Minister for Health, said these are accomplished individuals who have dedicated themselves to supporting and growing the fund to assist needy patients in the hospital.
He used the opportunity to urge philanthropic corporate bodies to donate generously to the Korle –Bu Trust Fund to provide training, equipment and infrastructure for the hospital.
He pleaded with the business moguls on the Board to take a look at the revenue generation needs of the hospital.
He said, even though the government has injected a lot of resources into the operations of the hospital there are still the needs to make the hospital the leading teaching hospital in the West African sub-region.
The Board Chairman on his part, advised the trustees to let transparency and accountability be their hallmark, since they are capable of handling the affairs of the fund.
He urged them to endeavor to make their audited reports published on the Korle-Bu website to ensure transparency in the management of the fund.
He was hopeful the trustees will live up to the duty given them by the management of the hospital.
He was quick to add that last year, the fund was able to raise 700,000 Ghana Cedis and reminded them to triple the amount by raising a million Ghana Cedis this year.
He called on the trustees to use the initiative by the hospital to help mother Ghana and humanity in Ghana and beyond.