By Enock Akonnor firstname.lastname@example.org
Officials of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has donated assorted items to support road traffic victims who are on admission at the emergency unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital.
615 pieces of bottled distilled water, 24 pieces of tinned milo powder, 16 pieces of bar soaps, 72 pieces of canned drinks, 48 pieces of tinned milk, biscuits, among others were the items that were given.
City Mayor for Kumasi, Hon. Sam Pyne presented the items at the forecourt of the emergency unit of KATH to the CEO of the hospital, Prof. Dr. Addai-Mensah.
The donation was done in partnership with the Bloomberg Philanthropies; a philanthropic organisation headquartered in New York.
It forms part of a programme dubbed “Bloom Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS); an intervention aimed at reducing road crash fatalities and injuries.
Kumasi falls among priority cities captured for the new phase of BIGRS, which will run until 2025, aimed at saving 600,000 lives and prevent up to 22 million injuries in low and middle-income countries.
Addressing the media after the presentation, the City Mayor of Kumasi Hon Sam Pyne said the gesture was carried out to mark the World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims which falls annually on the 3rd Sunday of November.
He said the assembly during such occasion embarks on road safety sensitization outreach, plus donations.
He recalled the donation of speed guns to the Ghana Police Service and the holding of training programs, all by KMA.
Hon Sam Pyne indicated that this year, the Assembly settled on donating to the hospital to support the road traffic victims.
The aim according to him is to ensure that there is road safety within the city.
Receiving the items, CEO for KATH Prof. Dr. Okyere Addai-Mensah thanked the Mayor for the support.
He mentioned that the City Mayor has been so generous to the hospital, saying that “not too long ago he gave us a huge number of waste bins as part of his bid to ensure that sanitation is high on his agenda”.