Accra, July 24, GNA - The Charity Arm of Vodafone Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Foundation through its annual Homecoming initiative has discharged 127 patients in the Northern belt of Ghana and reunited them with their families.
The 2021 version of Vodafone Homecoming was divided into three phases across the northern, middle and southern belts respectively, to help pay the medical bills and other ancillary medical costs of patients in financial distress in the major government hospitals across the 16 regions of Ghana.
To start the first phase in the Northern belt, the Foundation footed the medical bills of 127 patients in some district and regional hospitals in the northern belt of Ghana.
The beneficiaries were patients from Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern Region, Bolgatanga Regional Hospital in the Upper East Region, Baptist Medical Centre in the North East Region, West Gonja Hospital in the Savannah Region and the Nadowli District Hospital in the Upper West Region.
Speaking at a brief ceremony, Reverend Amaris Perbi, the Head of Vodafone Ghana Foundation, said the initiative sought to drive the universal health coverage agenda of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal on Good Health and Wellbeing.
“This year’s programme is seeking to pay for general hospital admission bills, support women at the maternity wards with ancillary cost, pay medical Laboratory service cost, and fund for medicine for adversely affected COVID-19 patients who were unable to afford them.
“In addition, the beneficiaries will receive a Vodafone Farewell Package which include; NHIS registration, renewal or replacement, a 500mls of Hand Sanitizer, a box of disposable nose mask, and a pack of Vitamin C”.
Rev. Amaris said the exercise was one of the Foundation’s strategic ways of showing commitment in helping the citizens of this country through numerous initiatives over the past 11 years.
He explained that the Homecoming initiative had brought relief and made positive contribution to the Ghanaian society and helped to boost healthcare provision of the nation since its inception in 2011.
The first phase which focused on five hospitals in the northern belt of Ghana exceeded the expected number, he said.
“To start the first phase of this year’s Homecoming, we have been able to pay for the medical bills of 127 patients across the northern belt.
“We initially planned to foot the bills of 120 patients, but upon seeing the condition of some distressed patients, we exceeded our number. We are excited to bring some relief to these patients as they could go home to their family and friends”.
Homecoming is a charity initiative of Vodafone Ghana Foundation to aid patients throughout the country who cannot pay their medical bills and as such are stuck in medical facilities.
Since its inception in 2011, the initiative has helped to pay the medical bills and other auxiliary medical costs for some vulnerable patients.