We live in a society where many suffer from various cardio-vascular diseases, and much as access to healthcare remains a challenge, most cannot afford the cost of treatment, especially when it involves surgical intervention.

We must laud the sterling efforts of the National Cardiothoracic Center, which has served not only Ghana but the entire sub-region and saved many lives and certainly, the Ghana Heart Foundation which has helped bridge the gap with respect to affordability.

In his speech, Mr. Ernest Nii Okai Okai, a renowned Gospel musician in Ghana and the CEO of Saving Hearts Foundation, a not – for – profit NGO based in Team, said, they were able to execute the Saving Heart Project which saw them to raise funds to support 10 successful surgeries for 10 needy Ghanaians, through the immense help from the likes of Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, a physician and Cardiothoracic surgeon who established the National Cardiothoracic Center, and many distinguished Ghanaians, churches, institutions and friends, who partnered them.

That not withstanding, Nii Okai numerated five critical issues, that needs urgent attention in order to improve and provide quality and healthy lifestyles that they noticed.

Saying “We have only 1 well equipped cardio center after all these years, There are many, especially in the middle to the northern belt of the country who can’t have access as a result,
KATH needs a cardio center to say the least,
Too many young people are dying of heart seizures these days and
When the cedi depreciates to the dollar, it’s pure ‘wahala’ to the poor Ghanaian who must raise $6000 to qualify for an open heart surgery in Ghana.

He was speaking at the Press Launch of The 40 Hearts Campaign on 12th September, 2017 in Accra.

“Some people have a heart of gold, others have a heart of stone, some people have a broken heart, others have a hole – in – heart, some need restoration, others need salvation, for some, it’s appreciation, others need your donation.” Bemoaned.

“For 40 years, God has been good to me, how else can I show my gratitude than to spearhead this campaign of saving 40 hearts,” He said.

He further stressed that, this 40 Hearts Campaign is therefore not just about funding surgeries, but becoming a ‘force-for-good’ in shaping national policy and promoting healthy lifestyle. Thus, in stead of throwing a lavish birthday party, he said, “we are dedicating my Album Released Concert to this cause and Heritage Bank, Qodesh Family Church, Tema Metropolitan Assembly, the Media, Friends and many others have joined us to say ‘it’s possible’.

He therefore said, the foundation is embarking on a 40 hearts campaign via a great album release concert, dabbed ” YESU HI” (Jesus is good), which is his 6th album slated on Sunday 24th September, 2017, at the Morning Star Cathedral of the Qodesh Family Church at Nungua.

At the launch were many of the featuring Gospel artists like Uncle Ato, Joe Mettle, Eugene Zuta, Ike Nanor, Kofi Karikari, M.O.G and to name a few.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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