The University of Cape Coast through the College of Distance education (CoDE) has presented a cheque for GH ¢60, 000 to support the treatment of Christiana Yelsana, a student of the University who is currently suffering a chronic end stage kidney disease.
Presenting the cheque on behalf of management of the University to authorities of the Ghana Police Hospital in Accra, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole noted that the condition of Christiana only came to their notice through an appeal for donation on television. He explained that the Provost of CoDE was quickly tasked to take up the matter and they were able to mobilise GH ¢50, 000 as part of their corporate social responsibility. He further indicated that the Distance Education Students Association of Ghana (DESAG), UCC, also contributed 10, 000 making the entire amount GH ¢60, 000.
The Vice-Chancellor indicated that he almost broke down after watching the plight of Christiana on television. He said the wellbeing of students was of paramount interest to management since they constitute the clients of the University, hence, the donation. He expressed the hope that the donation would contribute towards a successful surgery to enable Christiana to live long.
Receiving the cheque, the Medical Director in charge of the Ghana Police Hospital, Dr. Mohammadu Zakaria said he has really been moved by the kindheartedness of the University and commended the Vice-Chancellor and the team from UCC for the gesture.
Explaining the condition of Christiana, Dr. Zakaria said she has been diagnosed with a chronic end stage disease which can be managed through renal transplant. He said a relative of Christiana has agreed to donate a kidney and therefore, they would soon arrange for the two to travel to India for the surgery.
Other members of the team from UCC comprised the Provost of CoDE, Prof. George K. T. Oduro;Finance Officer, CoDE, Mr. George Amfo-Antiri; Assistant Registrar, Mr. Ebenezer Aggrey; Head, Student Support Unit (CoDE), Mr. Gabriel Essilfie and Greater Accra Resident Tutor, CoDE, Mr. Evans Frimpong-Manso.The rest were; President of DESAG, Mr. Godwin Kwawu, UCC SRC President, Mr. Francis K. Arthur and other executives of DESAG.