General News of Mon, 26 Jan 20040
TUC Supports Korle-Bu Hospital Endowment fund.
Accra, Jan. 26 GNA - The Trades Union Congress (TUC) of Ghana, on Monday presented a cheque for 50 million cedis to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Endowment Fund at a ceremony in Accra.
The 500 billion cedis Fund to be realized within five years was set up two years ago to mobilise local resources to provide basic infrastructural development and equipment for the hospital. Mr Kwesi Adu-Amankwah, Secretary General of TUC who presented the Cheque said they were thrilled by the efforts being made by the hospital authorities to mobilise funds locally to undertake their own developmental projects.
He said the presentation was in fulfilment of a pledge made by the TUC at a donor's conference organized by the hospital in 2002. The Secretary General, also commended staff of the hospital for their hard work and selfless dedication to duty. " Korle-Bu has played a unique role in health delivery in Ghana and with regard to the high demand of Ghanaian medical professionals overseas forcing most of them to leave, we should all assist to retain the personnel and sustain the hospital," he said. Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Chief Executive of the Hospital, who received the Cheque, thanked the TUC for their kind gesture and said it was not common for the TUC to donate to state institutions like Korle-Bu.
He expressed appreciation to Ghanaian workers for donating to the Fund to support Korle-Bu.
He said about one billion cedis had been realized so far for the fund.