The Chief Executive Officer of the First Sky group of companies, Eric Kutortse, has donated over GHc 2.6 million to the renal unit of the Korle Bu teaching hospital to offset the burden of unpaid medical bills.
The donation is also to ensure all patients who come to the unit for dialysis receive treatment free of charge.
The businessman and philanthropist spoke to Citi News’ Richard Dela Sky and recounted that his organisation’s decision to adopt the unit came after realising the lasting impact on the life of a beneficiary the company’s charity who was supported with 30 percent of the organisation’s net profit.
“Within a few months of making full payments for this gentleman, he has bounced back to back to life and today he is at the University of Ghana. Following up on him we came across several others with the same problem so we have decided to take up a mantle and adopt the unit,” Mr. Kutortse said.
Mr. Kutortse indicated that a total payment of GHc 635,000 has been made to the renal unit to cover the total indebtedness of all patients in the unit.
“The First Sky group has also made a seed donation of GHc 2 million to the unit where all patients everywhere will come and access the treatment now free of charge. We will make sure that this amount, anytime it is depleted, we will add more to ensure that this scheme never collapses,” he added.
A brand new Toyota Hilux pickup was also donated to the unit and Mr. Kutortse explained that “the purpose of this pickup donation is to ensure that the aged and people who cannot come to this unit for treatment by themselves, they should go out there and pick them up for this treatment that is made free now.”
On his part, the Director Finance at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Bright Korkoryie, described the intervention as very timely.
“With this, we are able to resuscitate the department to full capacity in order for them to do what they are best at doing,” he said.
Mr. Korkoryie also assured the hospital was “going to retire the debts so those patients no longer need to settle those debts.”