The Rotary Club of Accra, Labone has presented 50 wheelchairs worth GH¢20,000 to three health institutions in Accra, to assist patients.
The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) received 30 wheelchairs while Korle-Bu Polyclinic and Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled received 10 wheelchairs each.
Presenting the items, the president of the club, Mr. Lamtiig Apanga, said the presentations form part of the club’s project dubbed; “Wheelchair for Hope”.
He explained that the project aimed at raising funds from benevolent individuals, corporate organisations and partners to purchase at least 100 wheelchairs to assist the various health facilities.
He said there were people who had become immobile as a result of their illness and required wheelchairs to facilitate their movement hence the initiative.
“We need to support people who find themselves in such circumstances, especially our brothers and sisters who are physically challenged. That is why we have initiated this project to support them,” he said.
Mr. Apanga advised the beneficiaries to take good care of the wheelchairs to prolong their life-span.
The Head of Public Relations at the KBTH, Mustapha Salifu, expressed gratitude to the club and said the presentation would go a long way to facilitate the movement of patients.
Mr. Alfred Quarshie, Regional Secretary of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, said the wheelchairs would help improve mobility among the disabled, and called on organisations and individuals to support the vulnerable in the society.
Dr. Priscilla Vandyke Sey, the acting Head of the Korle-Bu Polyclinic, also thanked the club for the gesture and promised that the wheelchairs would be put to good use.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong