Request for free land to construct ultra modern children’s hospital and pediatric nursing college from Mim Traditional council proved futile-Mr Solomon Addai
In a heartwarming tale of dedication and love, Mr. Solomon Addai, a native of Mim, has embarked on a mission to create a lasting impact on pediatric healthcare in Ghana. Fueled by the memory of his daughter, Breanna Fosua Addai, who lost her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August 2022, Mr. Addai’s efforts are shaping the landscape of children’s medical care in the country. Despite facing obstacles, his commitment to advocating for improved pediatric cancer treatment has led to significant advancements.
Following the tragic loss of his beloved nine-year-old daughter, Mr. Addai channeled his grief into action. He established the Breanna Memorial Childhood Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the lives of children battling cancer in Ghana. At the core of his mission was the dream of constructing an ultra-modern children’s hospital and pediatric nursing college that would cater to the unique needs of young patients.
The proposed children’s hospital not only aimed to provide cutting-edge medical care but also to offer education and training opportunities through a Pediatric Nursing College. The establishment of such a facility in Ghana held the promise of focused care for children and the attraction of much-needed investments to address pediatric healthcare challenges across the country and beyond.
Mr. Addai’s vision was not without its challenges. His request for free land from the Mim Traditional Council, the place of his origin, was met with refusal. Undeterred, he pressed on, determined to make his daughter’s dream a reality. Despite this setback, his advocacy efforts did not go unnoticed.
Breanna Fosua Addai, even during her own battle with cancer, became an advocate for improved pediatric cancer care in Ghana. Her tenacity and curiosity led her to ask questions about her illness, driving her parents to research and share information with her. Her advocacy bore fruit when the Rebecca Foundation inaugurated a 54-bed hospital at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in November 2021, focusing on children with cancer. This groundbreaking initiative included coverage for children with cancer under the National Health Insurance Scheme.
In collaboration with Lifeline for Childhood Cancer Ghana and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Breanna Memorial Childhood Cancer Foundation has recently marked a significant milestone. The foundation broke ground for a 40-bed pediatric cancer ward at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Notably, a floor of the upcoming building will be dedicated to Breanna’s memory. The foundation’s financial commitment of $401,847.08 towards the total construction cost of $1,205,541.25 showcases their unwavering dedication to the cause.
Mr. Solomon Addai’s journey from grief to advocacy is an inspiring tale of a father’s love and determination. Through his efforts and the collaboration of various organizations, strides are being made in pediatric cancer care in Ghana. The foundation laid by Breanna Fosua Addai’s advocacy is resulting in tangible improvements in medical facilities and treatment options for children fighting cancer. This story serves as a testament to the lasting impact that one individual’s determination can have on the lives of many, and it shines a light of hope for a brighter future in pediatric healthcare.