Breast Care international, Ghana (BCI) with support from US based Direct Relief has donated lifesaving drugs worth $30 million to some 26 health institutions across the country.
The institutions took stock of the drugs at the premises of the Peace and Love Hospital, Oduom, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The President of BCI, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love Hospitals, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai said the drugs included Amoxicillin, Naproxen, Divalproex sodium, Torsemide, Losartam potassium, and Amlodipine Besylate among several others.
She said the donation forms part of the two institutions efforts in supporting deprived communities in the country.
“The latest consignment…shipped from the U.S., manifests the enduring confidence of DIRECT RELIEF, in the management of BCI and Peace and Love Hospitals, in taking hold and distributing these expensive, life-saving medicines free of charge to deprived communities across the country.”
“Our collaboration is driven by sincerity, honesty and commitment to the welfare of the generality of Ghanaians. It is a sworn promise that we shall not depart from,” Dr. Wiafe added.
Dr. Wiafe commended Direct Relief for the sustained acts of benevolence, pointing out that as philanthropic institutions, “we would not rest on our oars until health for all becomes a reality.”
Officials from some beneficiary health care facilities reiterated their call on Government to grant tax waivers and concessions on these imports, saying the prohibitive import duties among other charges at the ports don't augur well for frequent shipments.
Representatives from the various health care institutions who benefitted from the latest donation promised to put the drugs to optimum use and recalled the enormity of assistance to previous beneficiaries.