From Richard Owusu-Akyaw .
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Filial Heart Foundation (FHF), a non-governmental organisation, Dr. Ernest K. P. Kwarko, has donated assorted soft drinks, bottled water and an undisclosed amount of money to the Pediatric Oncology Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.
The gesture forms part of the annual Christmas treat Dr. Kwarko offers to inmates towards the survival of cancer affected children, and to put some smile on their faces
Dr. Ernest Kwarko, a Senior Obstetrician and Gynaecologist of KATH, said that the mention of cancer was a bit depressing, hence his decision to share his resources as his widow’s mite with the inmates of the KATH Oncology Unit annually, of who most are children.
The head of the KATH Pediatric Oncology Unit, Dr. Vivian Paintsil, appealed to government to factor Childhood Cancer into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and add the treatment of childhood cancer to diseases to the scheme, since parents and guardians could not afford cost of treatment for their wards.
According to the Medical Officer, children are the property of the state, hence, it behooves on the government to ensure that children survive these diseases to enable them give back to society in their productive life.
Dr. Vivian Painstil thanked Dr. Kwarko for always coming to the aid of the unit every Christmas.
She urged parents and guardians that Childhood Cancers are curable, and that 80% of them can be cured once they are reported early, and encouraged parents to seek early treatment.