China-based Black Stars striker Emmanuel Boateng, his foundation, went to the Eastern Regional Hospital of Koforidua to help 25 needy patients.
Boateng accompanied by his father Augustine Ofori Boateng, a former player of Akotex FC, brother and manager Bright Sterling Boateng as well as members of the Foundation paid a surprised visit to the facility on Wednesday. He settled the bills of detained patients and gave money to patients struggling to pay for medication.
“Doing charity work has been a part of my life since childhood, and it is one secret that has kept me going till date, and it is for this reason that I came together with my team to set up the Emmanuel Boateng Foundation to support the less privilege in society,” the Dalian Professional player told media after donation.
According to him the society in which he finds himself, needs a lot of help and support, adding that growing up he needed the helping hands of others to get to where he finds himself today and so sees it as a core obligation to also do onto others what was done to him some years ago.”
Boateng who was moved to tears when he got to the children’s ward said there was a thin line between the healthy kids outside the ward and the ones at the ward and paid for those on detention for them to have their freedom to live a fulfilled life.
The Medical Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital Dr Arko Akoto-Ampaw, on behalf of the patients on admission at the facility and management, expressed their profound gratitude to Boateng and the Foundation for their thoughtfulness in alleviating the plight of the patients.
Dr Akoto-Ampaw revealed that the facility runs an “every life matter policy” where they attend to patients first before thinking of payment, hence the high raising inpatients numbers, patients who do not have money but come to the hospital for treatment.
“Your visit here today is timely as it has come to save a lot, especially patients discharged but cannot go home because they cannot pay their bills, some of these patients end up picking other infections which they did not come with, and also your visit has really taken-off the stress from looking after patients and having to dip our hands into our pockets for their continuous sustenance because they cannot pay what it is that they can afford.”