McDan Group of Companies, dealers in Aviation, Shipping and Logistics, Oil and Gas, has presented three modern Dialysis Machines worth Fifty Six Thousand, Four Hundred United States Dollars ($56,400) to the 37 Military Hospital on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the hospital’s Boardroom in Accra.
The company also has a Foundation which was established in 2016 and is involved in philanthropic work such as health, sports, education and community work.
In his address, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa expressed his profound appreciation to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the McDan Group of Companies Dr Daniel McKorley on behalf of the Military High Command and the GAF Medical corps. He noted that the Dialysis machines has come at the right time due to the increase number of clients who frequently visits the Dialysis Centre on a daily basis.
Lt Gen Akwa also expressed his gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah who engineered the donation of the machines to the hospital.
The CDS disclosed that the Dialysis Centre was established two years ago with the support of the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) with six machines and said with the additional three that had been donated, it would ease the pressure of the number of patients who had to be booked ahead of time before attending a session. He noted that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 10% of people have kidney problems worldwide with over two million receiving dialysis treatment to help them stay alive.
He said over the years, Dr McKorley had supported the GAF in diverse ways and therefore, wished him well in all endeavors, especially in the growth of his businesses. He urged individuals and corporate bodies to come and support the hospital in their own small ways.
The Commander of the hospital, Brig Gen Nii Adjah Obodai stated that since the opening of the Dialysis Centre in March 2018, the number of clients who visit the centre for treatment had increased with two thirds of clients doing two to three sessions a week.
He added that, since the opening of the Centre, 1,621 clients had been attended to and 9,829 sessions had been made as at the end of June this year. He said the centre had more space to install twelve more machines and therefore urged individuals and corporate bodies to donate more of the machines to the facility.
In his presentation, the CEO of McDan Group of Companies, Dr McKorley said it was always a pleasure for him together with his company to give back to society, hence, the establishment of the Foundation.
Dr McKorley hinted that the company had been supporting the GAF for the past seven years. Adding, the company had also built a 350 capacity military training school in Takoradi amongst others. It was his wish that the machines would go a long way to ease the increasing number of clients with kidney problems who attended medical care at the centre.
Later, the CDS with the support of the Service Chiefs and Command of the medical corps, cut the tape to commission the three donated machines at the Dialysis Centre.
In attendance were the Director General GAF Medical Services Brig Gen Ernest Crosby Saka (Jr), Commander Kumasi Military Hospital Brig Gen Raymond Ewusi, Commanding Officer of the 37 military hospital Col Azumah Bugri, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Kumasi Military Hospital Col Juliana Gyasi-Necku, CNO 37 Militay Hospital Col Josephine Vowotor, CNO Clinical Lt Col Francisca Amakye and other Senior and Junior Officers of the formation and staff of McDan Group of Companies.