The Charity arm of Vodafone Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Foundation (VGF), has brought smiles on the faces of 108 discharged patients by paying for their medical bills at various hospitals across the country.
The move by Vodafone Foundation was to give these stranded patients an opportunity to celebrate the independence holiday home.
In all, the VGF said it had expended GHȻ250, 000 on the hospital bills of the beneficiary patients who had been discharged but had been detained at the various hospitals because they could foot for their medical bills.
The beneficiary patients are from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Central, Volta, Northern, Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and Western Regional hospitals.
Speaking on the initiative, External Affairs Director at Vodafone Ghana, Gayheart Mensah, said the programme formed part of the Health Initiative of VGF and on an annual basis for the past six years; the Foundation had been paying the hospital bills of individuals who could not pay for their medical bills.
He said, the Health Initiative of VGF, was aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for good healthcare for all and was meant to support government to provide healthcare for the citizens.
“We see this Homecoming initiative as part of our contribution to supporting government in order to deliver health to Ghanaians,” he noted.
Mr Mensah said though government was providing healthcare for the citizens through the National Health Insurance policy, corporate bodies could support healthcare delivery in the country.
He explained that Vodafone Ghana was not only concerned about profits, but impacting positively on the society the company operated.
“Vodafone Ghana is not only concerned about its products and services, but sensitive to the needs of the citizens,” Mr Mensah said
Principal Nursing Officer of the Neurosurgical Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Emelia K. Okai on behalf of the patients expressed gratitude to VGF for its continued support to patients at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
She said the Foundation for several years continued to assist patients who could not pay for their medical bills.