The Medical Students’ Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology under the auspices of the College of Health Science on Wednesday, 7th April 2021 presented to the family of Rita Abodoh a donation of Sixty-Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty-Three Ghana Cedis (Gh₵ 63,733.00) and One Hundred -Euro (100.00).
Donations which came in a form of cheque included; a Twelve thousand Ghana Cedis (Gh₵12,000.00) from the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA) – KNUST Chapter, a Ten thousand Ghana Cedis (Gh₵10,000.00) donation from Adelaide Araba Siaw Agyepong, a parent of a medical student of the university, SMD Lecturers/Staff also donated a cheque of Seventeen Thousand Four Hundred Ghana Cedis (Gh₵17,400.00) and a cheque of Eighteen thousand Six hundred and forty-three Ghana Cedis (Gh₵18,643.00) from the Medical Students’ Association, (MSA) KNUST.
Further donations made in cash included, Rev. Adoley, one thousand Ghana Cedis (Gh₵1,000.00), SMD Lecturers/staffs also donated in cash of Two Hundred Ghana Cedis (Gh₵200.00) and finally a Four thousand four hundred and ninety Ghana Cedis cash (Gh₵4,490.00) from the College of Health Sciences project dubbed #5forRita.
Also, a friend of the KSMD dean who is a medical doctor practising outside the country donated 100 euros.
Receiving the donations on behalf of the entire family was Rita’s father Mr. Phillip Kobina Abodoh, who came with his son Agustine Abodoh, a first-year Civil Engineering Student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Reporting on his daughter’s condition, Mr. Philip Abodoh initially thanked Prof. Ansong, Dean of the KNUST School of Medicine and Dentistry for a piece of advice in the right direction, that was urging them to write a deferral letter for his attention in other to pursue full medical attention for Rita.
Mr. Philp further added that it was out of Prof. Ansong’s advice and the support from the KNUST Medical Students’ Association that their request yielded fruits from the university community which they are so much grateful of.
According to Mr. Philip Abodoh, his daughter’s surgery was carried out successfully and as at the time he was speaking to the press, Rita was put off the mechanical ventilator and can now breathe on her own. “Her limbs after surgery have gained adequate perfusion, and we pray for a much speedy recovery”, he added.
Hinting on few challenges they faced in their quest to put things in place for the surgery was for the fact that devices procured for the surgery had to take some few weeks more before arriving in the country and some days at the port before they were cleared, and as a result of that delayed the process.
Responding to the report given by Mr. Abodoh, Prof Christian Agyare, Provost of the College of Health Science expressed gratitude for a successful surgery as well as those who championed the course to raise support for Rita Abodoh, notably the president of the KNUST Medicine Students’ Association (MSA), Mr. Gerald Amprofi.
He further indicated that the university and its stakeholders have made some donations which as and when ready will be released to him.
In presence was Mr Anthony Adjapong, GAUA KNUST President, Mr Evans Owusu Apau, GAUA KNUST Treasurer, Mrs Senita Osei Badu, GAUA KNUST Editor, Dr Mrs Linda Asare- Adjebeng Bedu- Addo, GAUA KNUST Rep. University Hospital, the Public Relations Officer of the Health Sciences Students’ Association (HESA), Bernard Kwasi Boampong, Reuben Obuour Danquah, MSA General Secretary.
Story by Dachaga Batiey Roger (Campus360gh)