Source: Isaac Amoahtntnewspapergh.com
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, a not-for-profit organisation (NGO), has donated consumables, among other items, to road crash victims at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Accident & Emergency Unit.
Mr.Samuel Pyne making presentation to KATH CEO,Prof.Dr.Addai-Mensah
Mr. Samuel Pyne, the Mayor of Kumasi, on behalf of the Assembly and its partners, made the donation on Monday, 20th November 2023, at a short ceremony in front of the Accident & Emergency Unit of KATH.
The items donated included toiletries, detergents, hospital consumables and a hospital bed. They were donated to the Accident and Emergency Unit.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for KATH, Prof. Dr. Otchere Addai -Mensah, received the items on behalf of the hospital and the victims.
The Kumasi Mayor said, “Today is World Remembrance Day for Crash Victims and the Assembly (KMA) supported by our partners Bloomberg Philanthropies decided to donate these items, including bandages, tissue papers, bottled water and the rest to patients who are accident victims. We also plan to talk with victims as we visit them at their beds.”
Some scenes from the event
According to him, the donation formed part of the celebration of World Remembrance Day for Crash Victims. “Unlike previously when public events were held to commemorate the day in Kumasi, I suggested to the Assembly to rather donate these items to the unit and use the opportunity to visit patients and victims of accidents,” he disclosed.
Mr. Pyne, therefore, seized the opportunity to caution drivers to be careful and adhere to all road traffic regulations, especially as Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, to help prevent road crashes. He also cautioned them against speeding.
The Mayor reminded all drivers that good drivers are the ones who embark on their duties with caution and not those who go for more rounds even when they are tired and sleepy.
Mr. Pyne announced that plans were far advanced for the Assembly to intensify public awareness on road safety for commercial drivers in particular.
‘’I want to use this opportunity to advise drivers, especially commercial vehicle drivers, to be cautious on the road seeing that during these times there are a lot of people who visit the cities to trade and do other businesses. It’s my hope they obey traffic rules and drive carefully so that they can arrive safely with their passengers at all times,” added.
He also renewed his appeal on the need for all Ghanaians, especially all residents and those from the Ashanti Region to support the “Heal Komfo Anokye” project, an initiative by the new KATH CEO and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. He cautioned against the politicisation of the initiative.
On his part, Prof. Dr. Addai-Mensah expressed his appreciation to the KMA Mayor and the Assembly for their continued support.
He thanked KMA for the donation.
According to the CEO, they recently received some wastebins from the KMA and that clearly demonstrates that Mr. Pyne and the Assembly have KATH at heart. “We hope this good relationship would continue because it is heartening to see the KMA and in particular the Mayor of Kumasi show so much support to KATH by paying money to enable us to renovate this facility as well as provide us with wastebins so we can keep the facility tidy at all times and on behalf of this hospital I want to say we are grateful,” he added.
The CEO of KATH, KMA boss and his entourage also interacted with a number of road crash victims at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital.