Breast Care International with support from Janssen Pharmaceuticals has donated chemotherapy drugs to the pediatric units of the Komfo Anokye and Korle-Bu teaching hospitals.
The gesture is to ensure effective healthcare for cancer patients especially children since it treatment is not covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Pediatric Oncology, [blood disease or cancer in children] according to reports, is a very important area of concern but parents find it difficult to buy the essential drugs necessary for the management of these conditions.
The above consideration, according to Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, President of Breast Care International formed the basis for the donation to the two teaching Hospitals.
She said, the two hundred chemotherapy drugs to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and Korle-Bu is to help cut the cost involved in treating cancer patients especially children.
Dr. Wiafe Addai who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Peace and Love Hospitals commended the donor community for reaching out to the needy in society.
Also, the Country Manager of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Priscilla Owusu Sekyere said the organization is passionate about making available and accessible highly efficient products in the treatment of cancers.
“Our credo based example of making solutions available to the waiting patient compels us to make these donations to help these vulnerable children especially, in remote areas to be cancer free. With Breast Care International as a very strong partner we are most certain we would make an unforgettable difference in the lives of these patients”, she added.
Receiving the drugs for the two hospitals, the Principal pharmacist at the Pediatric Oncology unit of the Child Health Department at KATH, Paul Obeng, expressed his appreciation to Breast Care International and their partner institutions Johnson and Johnson and Direct Relief for the kind gesture.
For his part, the Head of Department, Professor Daniel Ansong also expressed his profound appreciation and pleaded for more of such donations to help the needy but poor patients in their department.
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