In a move towards community development and healthcare infrastructure enhancement, olam food ingredients (ofi) Ghana Limited, a prominent player in Ghana's cocoa sector and a leading cashew exporter, has donated GHC 300,000 towards the "Heal Komfo Anokye" Initiative.
The donation follows a call by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, for collective efforts to raise $10 million for the renovation of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.
Presenting the cheque to the Chief Executive Officer of KATH, Prof. Dr Otchere Addai Mensah, Mr Jonathan Quaynor, the Vice President and Procurement Head of the Beans Business, commended Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for his unwavering commitment to enhancing healthcare infrastructure and praised the visionary "Heal Komfo Anokye" initiative.
"Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has presented us with an opportunity to be catalysts for change. His call for unity and support towards the renovation of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is not just a call to action but a call to compassion, a call to prioritize the health and future of our community. As representatives of olam food ingredients Ghana Limited, we recognize our responsibility to contribute to the well-being of our communities. Today, we stand united in response to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II's vision, pledging GHC 300,000 to the "Heal Komfo Anokye" initiative." stated Mr Quaynor.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is a 70 year 1,200-bed hospital in Kumasi that receives referrals from 13 out of the current 16 regions of the Country. It is a teaching hospital for the clinical training of medical students following the establishment of the School of Medical Sciences in 1975. It is a major centre for the training of postgraduate medical and dental practitioners in various specialties and the training of undergraduate personnel in Pharmacy, Nursing, and many Allied Health Professions.
The National HR Head, Evans Dunyo, emphasized the importance of supporting initiatives that prioritize healthcare. He added that Ashanti Region, where Otumfuo sits as king, is the region where the business procures a lot of its cocoa and had a lot of employees, farmers, and other stakeholders’ residents. Hence it was expedient for the business to support a cause for an upgraded facility. He urged individuals and institutions to donate towards the project.
The Chief Executive Officer of KATH, Prof. Dr Otchere Addai Mensah, said KATH was under immense pressure and needed a facelift. He thanked the leadership of the business for the support.
ofi Ghana remains committed to supporting initiatives that would enhance the quality of livelihood of their stakeholders.