The May 9 Foundation, a philanthropic organization, has marked its 17th anniversary of the Accra Stadium Disaster with a humanitarian project to save children at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi.
The disaster, which happened on May 9, 2001, claimed the lives of 126 football fans at the Accra Sports Stadium during a football game between rival clubs Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko FC.
A press released, copied to the Ghana News Agency, stated that the two-day May 9 remembrance events started with prayers at the Kumasi Central Mosque for the departed souls and donations of 100 bags of cement (in cash).
The donation was made in response to a request from the Imams for renovation of the Mosque as well as cash, food items and toiletries to the chiefs and clerics.
The event, dubbed; “Save a Sick Child Project’ focused on helping the sick and dying children in need of medical surgeries at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU), hence Mr Herbert Mensah and other members of the May 9 Foundation visited the children at the ICU, KATH.
According to the release, Dr John A. Appiah, the Head of the ICU, said children who suffered from conditions caused by the accidental ingestion of caustic soda, a soap making raw material that has resulted in the destruction of the food pipe in their throats, could only eat or drink through a plastic tube inserted into their stomachs, therefore a medical surgery must be carried out to repair the damage in the throat.
‘’This condition has become prevalent in our Unit here in recent years and many children from all over the country are brought here for treatment because it is the only ICU in the country but the cost of carrying out the surgeries are high and many parents cannot afford to pay,’’ Dr. Appiah said.
He said it cost close to GH¢20,000.00 to carry out a surgery to repair the food pipe of one child and parents could not afford the high cost of treatment.
Mr. Herbert Mensah, the President of the May 9 Foundation, expressed worry about the alarming rate at which the condition was affecting children, especially when it was through the carelessness of the parents and not any fault of the affected children.
He encouraged all to help in their own little way to support the treatment of those children.
The 2018 event was climaxed with an awareness walk through some streets of Kumasi.