The management of Breast Care International (BCI), a breast cancer awareness campaign organization, based in Kumasi, has presented drugs worth two million dollars to some selected hospitals across the country.

The drugs were donated by Direct Relief International, an international relief agency based in California, and are to be used to treat psychiatric, diabetic, hypertensive, cancer and other diseases, free of charge, in the beneficiary hospitals, including the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Goaso Government Hospital, Boanim Health Centre, Tain District Hospital, Jamase Health Centre, and Kokofo Hospital..

Speaking at the presentation at the weekend, Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Chief Executive Officer of BCI, said the drugs which were very expensive and were not under the national health insurance drug list, were meant for needy but poor patients who attended the beneficiary health facilities.

She pleaded with the management of the beneficiary health institutions to ensure that the drugs were used for the intended purposes to bring relief to the poor and suffering patients in their communities.

Dr Addai thanked Direct Relief International and said the drugs which were the first consignment of the organization to BCI, under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two organizations last year, would go a long way to strengthen the existing relationship, and provide relief to poor patients in the country.

She also thanked the media for the role played in getting the consignment which arrived in the country on January this year, released out of the port, and the airline which brought the drugs for the 100 percent waver on charges.

Mr Patrick Appiah Larbi, a student pharmacist at the Bechem Government Hospital, on behalf of the beneficiary hospitals, thanked BCI and Direct Relief International for the donation, and promised to give them free of charge to poor needy patients. GNA


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