Twenty-eight people who sustained severe burns, have successfully undergone free reconstructive surgery to correct their post-burn deformities at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), in Kumasi.
The surgery was performed by a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons from the United States (US), as part of a outreach project of the Restore Mission, a US-based non-governmental health organisation which seeks to promote health.
The exercise dubbed “Restore KATH Humanitarian Mission 2016” seeks to to bring relief to needy and underprivileged burnt victim.
Dr. Oheneba Owusu Danso, Consultant and Head of the referral facility’s plastic and reconstructive surgery at KATH told journalists that the exercise started, last month.
He said more people could have benefitted from the free surgical treatment, but for the constraints by way of inadequate equipment.
He therefore made an appeal to the government and corporate entities to provide the hospital with state-of-the-art medical equipment to enhance its capacity to efficiently handle complicated cases.
Dr. Danso indicated that quality healthcare could be achieved only through deliberate effort and massive investment by the government.
Dr. Michael K. Obeng, Founder of Restore Mission, underlined the need to step up public education on the effects of burns and how to significantly reduce such incidents.
Parents must be vigilant to protect children from fire, he counseled, adding that acid attacks on people must also stop.