The project, which started in 2006 and due for completion in three years, has faced financial challenges which halted progress.
Accepting the donation on behalf of the board of directors of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra yesterday, Director of the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, said the unit was saddled with infrastructural challenges to deliver appropriate medical services to patients.
He said the Burns Centre was set up to perform plastic surgery on victims of injuries from accidents and diseases like ulcer, stressing that, such an essential health service required capital intensive machines, but its absence had made the unit unable to perform its functions effectively.
Dr. Ampomah bemoaned the rising number of death casualties caused by preventable burns, and said that “burns account for 300,000 deaths per year”.
When completed, he said the new centre would feature Intensive Care Unit(ICU) and High Dependency Unit (HDU), physiotherapy gym, modern medical records management systems, laboratory, leg ulcer clinic and offices.
It would also have state-of-the-art theatres, fully-equipped consulting rooms, modern IT infrastructure with telemedicine and teleconferencing facilities, laundry and sterilisation unit, and amenity wards.
Dr. Ampomah appealed to the government and other corporate bodies to support personnel of the Burns Centre to build their capacity in the delivery of a better health service.
Presenting the cheque to the centre, Alex Mould, Chief Executive Officer of GNPC, said the company was committed to supporting all sectors of the economy, including health.
He hoped the donation would enable the Burns Centre function effectively in a healthy environment, after similarly supporting the Ministry of Health to prepare successfully for the Ebola outbreak.
Mr. Mould assured the Centre of GNPC’s readiness to support its personnel through training and retraining, and also continue to assist in the development of its infrastructure to enable the centre deliver appropriately.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Victor Asare Bampoe, reiterated government’s commitment in assisting the hospital to become self reliant and urged organisations to support healthcare centres for a better service delivery.
Completion of the project would help to increase the rate of survival of burns patients in the country from 40 per cent to 80 per cent, as it is the situation in other developed countries with such a facility.
By Claude Nyarko Adams