Kufuor praises Ghanaian Doctor Boachie-ADJEI

…For exemplary leadership 

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has paid glowing tribute to renowned Ghanaian Surgeon, Emeritus Professor Oheneba Boachie-Adjei for his exemplary leadership in establishing the Foundation for Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Hospital.

According to the former President, the founder of FOCOS’ exploits is enough evidence for Ghanaians to encourage and have confidence in local talents and professionals in every endeavor.

Prof. Emeritus Oheneba Boachie-Adjei
Prof. Emeritus Oheneba Boachie-Adjei

Recounting his experience as a patient at FOCOS five years ago, Mr Kufuor said he had to take a difficult decision to allow Prof Boachie-Adjei and his team attend to him as against options he had abroad.

“If I may {should} be permitted for making this quote – it occurred to me that all-die-be-die… you could go to Europe and die, you could go to America and die and you could go to Asia and die, so if it will be death, why not here in Ghana? So I submitted to Dr. Bochie-Adjei,” he said.

He said surgeons like Professor Boachie-Adjei should be encouraged by ensuring that government supports ‘the private sector with incentives…because if the private sector grows, it will then benefit and translate into the country. Look at FOCOS; it engages doctors, nurses, paramedics, labourers, everybody for employment – and that is helping spread the wealth for people to live in dignity”.

Mr Kufuor made this comment as the special guest of honor at the maiden fundraising event organized by FOCOS Hospital at the Movenpick hotel.

The event was aimed at raising an initial target of GH5 million to establish the FOCOS Children Endowment Fund.

The funds will be drawn to assist children suffering from scoliosis (hunchback) to receive treatment at the country’s premier and first class state of the arts orthopedics and spine hospital in Accra.

Giving an overview of the hospital’s mission, Prof. Emeritus Oheneba Boachie-Adjei appealed to all to let their God given talents; be of enormous benefit to the society.

“In the Bible, it is said every valley shall be exalted, every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plane; this verse in many ways motivates and inspires the mission and vision of FOCOS.

We consider ourselves as God’s instruments in this world; and we are sharing our God-given talent to straighten up people who unfortunately are suffering from physical deformity”.

Beyond personally conducting surgeries successfully, he disclosed that, he has brought up at least two doctors who have diligently learnt at his feet over the years and he is convinced can take over from him in his absence.

The two specialists, Dr. Harry Akoto and Dr. Kwadwo Yankey were honoured and acknowledged as the first set of Scoliosis/Spine fellows on the night of fundraising.

Both successfully completed the Scoliosis/Spine Fellowship training in 2016 while learning under Professor Boachie-Adjei since the opening of the FOCOS hospital.

A number of patients needing urgent surgery were adopted by some individuals for treatment.

Other donors also gave cash and kind with Asuma Banda providing an MRI machine and other equipment needed at the hospital. Unibank made the highest donation with a sum of one million Ghana cedis in support of the hospital’s operations.

Also present were some Ministers of state, members of the diplomatic corp and heads of very renowned corporate institutions and philanthropic organizations.

Close to GHS2 million was raised at the maiden fundraising dinner. Prospective donors are encouraged to make their donations to the Unibank account details below:

A/C Name: FOCOS ENDOWMENT FUND
A/C No: 02131100681 Branch: World Trade Centre, Accra

Source: The Al-Hajj

 

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