Health

THE 50 Club donates Gh¢10,000 to support treatment of 8yrs old boy with Encephalitis

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The Fifty (50) Club, an Obuasi based Non-profitable Association has donated an amount of Gh10,000 in support of the medical procedure or bills for an 8-year old with a history of encephalitis.

Encephalitis is a rare case of a congenital disorder that causes the skull to grow abnormally large and heavy.
The condition affects patient’s vision, hearing, speech and mobility, and puts him at risk of serious complications such as infections, seizures and brain damage.

Madam Hannah Amponsah, the teacher of Stephen Aboagye, explained that, the boy was diagnosed with the rare condition, owing to the impact on his sense of vision and hearing, and affected his academic performance.

According to her, the innocent boy parents have struggled to find appropriate medical treatment for him prompting her to seek assistance from the Fifty (50) club.

Jacob Edmond- Acquah, the President of the club who gave details about Stephen Aboagye’s condition and support for the club, Stephen was admitted to the hospital with a complaint of a progressive mass in the parietal capital region of his head.

He said, the mass had been present since birth but had increased in size and caused headaches and visual disturbances in the past few months.
He disclosed that, an MRI scan revealed a large, well-defined, cystic lesion with a solid component and enhancement after contrast administration.

He said the club known for similar support and donations over the years decided to step in with an amount of Gh10,000 to take care of the medical expenses.
He expressed optimism and expecting the money to support the medical procedures involved.
He revealed that, it is their wish that the the boy goes through the processes smoothly to enable him live a normal life.
Mr. Edmund-Acquah affirmed the Club’s resolve to continue to make impact in the lives of people, stressing that they have launched a survey to ascertain the impact of the plethora of support it has rendered to people since July 2020.
He reiterated that, the feedback has been very positive, and for that matter, the Club is scheduled to make additional donations to individuals and/or institutions this year.
Founded in July 2020, the Fifty 50 Club has raised Gh¢ 360,000 and made several donations over the past 3-and-a-half years including contributing to the cost of surgeries or medical treatments for kids and other individuals with various heart medical conditions, supporting community clinics with medical equipment and supplies, providing scholarships to brilliant but needy students.
The President of the Association disclosed that, the Fifty 50 Club includes the employees of AngloGold Ashanti and its subsidiaries, as well as employees of other corporate organizations across the country and abroad.
He said, the over 250 members of the club make monthly contributions in support of the Club’s objectives.
According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) data published in 2020, indicated that, Encephalitis Deaths in Ghana reached 357 or 0.20% of total deaths.
She noted that,the age adjusted Death Rate is 1.69 per 100,000 of population ranks Ghana number eight (8) in the world.
He disclosed that, the gesture was the 12th donation event, the Club made to three individuals including young Stephen Aboagye, totaling about Gh¢ 27,600.
The club also donated Gh¢9,200 covering tuition, hostel and other incidental costs for the 2024/25 academic year to Clifford Wilson, who is currently pursuing a BSc. Human Biology (Medicine) programme at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.
They also donated Gh¢8,400 to David Ababio Awuni who is in the final year of his 4-year Computer Science Programme at KNUST, Kumasi.

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