First Sky Limited, a Ghanaian-owned company engaged in construction, commodities and hospitality, has presented an amount of GH¢ 2million to the Renal & Dialysis Unit to aid kidney patients who cannot afford the cost of dialysis.
The company also cleared the debts of patients totalling GH¢620,000 at the Unit. Additionally, First Sky gave the Unit a brand new Toyota Hilux pickup to be used for its day-to-day transport services.
Eric Seddy Kutortse, Group Chairman of First Sky Limited, presenting the money to the Management of the Hospital, said the company had been supporting institutions and individuals over the years in various ways, adding that the donation to the unit was its way of giving back to society after a successful business year.
Mr. Kutortse explained further that the attention of the company was drawn to a patient of the unit who could not afford treatment and paid his bill in full. He regained his health and was now back in school. After this experience, the company decided to help others in similar predicament.
Receiving the money, Dr. Vincent Boima, Head of Renal & Dialysis Unit, said the cost of treatment of renal ailments is beyond the reach of many people, especially the younger patients.
“Those who have advanced stages of the disease known as chronic kidney disease, those on stage five usually go on dialysis; but ultimately kidney transplant is the treatment of choice. The early stages like one and two, what is done is to manage their risk factors so they do not migrate to higher stages,” Dr. Boima explained.
He expressed appreciation to First Sky Limited for coming to the aid of the unit, adding that the donation would save lots of lives, especially the young people who are silently passing away because of the disease.
Eric Seddy Kutortse presenting the key to the pickup to Dr Roberta Lamptey, Ag. Director of Medical Affairs, KBTH