The Rotary Club of Accra-Airport and the Adabraka Branch of HFC Bank have donated food items to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. The donation which was over the tune of GH¢12,000.00, was aimed at addressing the physical and nutritional needs of the brothers and sisters at the hospital.
Rotary Club which is a non-profit international organisation and is committed to peace and conflict resolution, material and child health, disease prevention and treatment, economic and community development, as well as humanitarian services partnered the HFC Adabraka Branch to reach out to the hospital to alleviate some of the burden on the hospital administration.
In an interview with GNA, the President of the Rotary Club of Accra-Airport, Mr Nathan Adu said the donation was in response to a call by the hospital for support to cater for the patients while the government prepares to provide the necessary funding..
“When we heard of the announcement on air that people should come to the aid of the hospital, we found it an opportunity to donate to the hospital.
“We had started talking to HFC Bank before the announcement to collaborate to do this donation to this hospital, and the announcement reinforced the decision to donate generously and in abundance to make significant impact on the hospital,” he added.
Mr Adu, used the opportunity to urge the other institutions to help in any small way to help the mental home saying: “Mental illness is just like any other illness and can happen to anybody and is not by choice that one is here, so it behoves us out there to contribute to help alleviate the difficulties here.”
“The people here are our own brothers and sisters and any of us can find ourselves here at any time,” he said. Commenting on the need to come on board to support the hospital, the Branch Manager of Adabraka HFC Bank, Mrs Josephine Amoah, said the donation is more of a social responsibility as the hospital is located in the catchment area of the bank.
“ As part of our corporate social responsibility as a bank, we try to better the environment that we are, to make sure that we don’t only take but also give back to the community we operate in.”
“During the course of the year, the branch decided to adopt the hospital as a project and this is going to be a yearly project. So we will come and support the hospital in any small way every year,” she added.
Mrs Amoah, commenting on the partnership with the Rotary Club said, the body shares in the same ideas as the bank. “We partnered Rotary because they share in the same idea as we do, we all believe in helping our societies and giving back to the society, so we collaborated with them to make this happen.”
Mrs Amoah thanked the Adabraka Branch of HFC and customers of the bank for their immense help and contribution to make the project a success.
“This was done basically by all the members of the branch who came together to contribute as well as some of the customers who came to help the branch make this possible.
On receiving the items on behalf of the hospital, a member of the communication team, Mr Emmanuel Febiri thanked the two bodies for their support and promised to make sure it served the purpose it was brought for.
“We are thanking the two bodies for coming here today, we made it public about the support needed and Rotary Club of Accra-Airport and Adabraka HFC Bank have come to give us these items. The items are going to help us in a long way.
“Mental illness is not just about someone who is dirty out there, it can happen to anybody, so once we are here we must let them feel as human beings and take care of them. We are very much grateful for what they have done today and also calling on other agencies, individuals and organisations to help put smiles on the faces of our brothers and sisters here,” he added.
Mr Febiri urged the public that the items are going to be well monitored and distributed to benefit the intended people. “We have taken stock of every item that has come in toady and we are going to make sure we distribute them as at when the patients need them.
“Management at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital have measures in place to make sure that all items are solely distributed for the intended purpose.”
The items donated included bags of rice, beans, maize, gari, gallons of cooking oil, cans of fish, sugar, cartons of milk and Milo, loaves of bread and some used clothing.