BONABOTO, a civil society organization, has presented a check of Ghc15, 000 to the management of the Upper East Regional Hospital for the establishment of a haemodialysis centre.
BONABOTO, an acronym for Bolgatanga, Nabdam, Bongo, and Tongo is a civil society organisation with its members dedicated to advocating for the development of the Upper East Region, especially the above-mentioned areas.
The Ghc15, 000 support followed a proposal sent by Dr. Emmanuel Akatibo, a lead advocate for BONABOTO to support the initiative.
The National President of BONABOTO, Professor Samuel Awinkene Atintono, said the establishment of a dialysis centre in the region will help patients with kidney-related diseases have access to improved life-saving treatment and reduce the need to travel a long distance to Tamale for treatment.
“Bolgatanga Hospital is a regional facility, and a dialysis centre is the only facility that treats people with kidney problems. Unfortunately, for all these years, when you have kidney disease or any problem undergoing dialysis, you have to go to Tamale. And most times, the patients, by the time they get to Tamale, are weak or gone. Aside from the cost of travelling, you risk your life again. So, it is very important because it will help people in the region, not only in Bolgatanga but Bawku, Sandema, and Navrongo, in fact, the entire region will benefit from this facility.”
Prof. Atintono indicated that even though some of its members were part of the regional launch to solicit funds for the establishment of the dialysis centre, its members were tasked again to contribute towards the project, knowing well how critical the facility would be when established.
He was flanked by other executives and members of BONABOTO to present the Ghc15,000 check to the management of the facility at the regional hospital conference hall. He appealed to individuals, public and private institutions to contribute towards the project to ensure it is set up since the government alone cannot develop the country.
Dr. Samuel Abora, a Clinical Coordinator of the Upper East Regional Hospital who received the check, thanked members of BONABOTO for the gesture. He appealed to other benevolent people and intuitions to help the management of the hospital set up a haemodialysis centre to help people with kidney-related diseases get treatment.
“We are so grateful to BONABOTO organisation for this kind gesture and we appeal to more philanthropist, benevolent organisations to support the Upper East Regional in the form of either equipment or cash donations to help us set up the haemodialysis centre. When that purpose is achieved, it will help the people of the Upper East Region, those with kidney disease who need haemodialysis to have that treatment”
He said a space has been identified and “plans are far advanced in putting that place in shape to start the haemodialysis unit and staff would be sent for training to run that unit”
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