The leading beverage manufacturer in the country, Kasapreko Company limited, has announced a charity partnership agreement with the National Cardiothoracic Centre, offering to support the facility one pesewa per its ‘Awake bottled Water’ sold.
The deal is expected to generate GH₵ 100,000.00 (or one billion old Ghana cedis) each year to help authorities at the centre perform surgeries on persons with heart conditions, settle their medical bills and support heart transplant.
The announcement comes barely a month after the company unveiled a $ 70 million ultra-modern bottling plant with four high-speed and quality assurance production lines capable of churning out nearly 120,000 bottles of beverages per hour.
Company officials led by its Group chairman, Dr Kwabena Adjei, who toured the national cardiothoracic facility at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital was deeply moved by the plight of patients.
Dr Adjei presented a cheque valued at GH₵ 20, 000.00 for the initial upkeep of the sick at the centre – hosting about 450 patients with varied decrees of hole-in-heart conditions seeking treatment every year.
He also made a personal pledge of GH₵ 600, 000.00 for the next six months to be disbursed in tranches of GH₵100, 000.00 every month to help save lives, particularly children, who hospital officials say form majority of patients with heart disorders at the cardiothoracic centre.
He noted that healthy life makes people to be alert and raises productivity towards national good, hence the company’s social responsibility directed at that goal.
Director of the centre, Dr Lawrence Serebuor said he was thrilled and proud of the gesture, which would increase care to many poor patients and contain the ever rising reported cases of heart conditions.
He described the situation at the centre as a problem since many patients could not bear the average treatment cost of $ 6,000 to $ 8,000 per person, though, he said the amount was less than the $ 50,000 to $ 150,000 charged abroad.
“We are having an ever increasing number of patients, especially children, every year, one out 100 births have hole-in-heart problem, every time we have about 100 children looking for assistance,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Kasapreko Company limited, Mr Richard Adjei reiterated the company’s commitment to channel part of its profit derived from the bottled water to support the centre save many lives. GNA