Celebrated heart-surgeon and Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has been recognised for his distinguished medical practice over the past two-and-a-half decades.
He was presented with the ‘Legend of the Year’ award at the “2017 People’s Choice Practitioners Awards” held at the Golden Tulip Hotel, in Kumasi, and attended by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
For his prize, he received a gold medal and brass bust. In addition, a yet to be determined first aid facility, would be named after him.
A citation accompanying the award read, “With an extreme can-do spirit, you were poised to initiate the seemingly impossible dream regardless of the numerous conspicuous obstacles and lack of resources.
Through your unstoppable dream, Ghana now boasts of a world-class Cardiothoracic Centre, Red Cross Society and Heart Foundation.”
Seventeen (17) other individuals and organisations were also honoured at the ceremony, the first ever to be organised by the Media Men Ghana Limited – a Consulting Firm.
They included Prof Sir Joseph Acheampong, a Specialist in Internal Medicine, Dr Ellen Boakye and Dr Tabitha Botwe, both General Medical Practitioners, Dr Agyekum Addo, a Pharmacist, MMsFaustian Tengye, a Nurse, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Pediatokorpe Hospital and Pfizer a Pharmaceutical Company.
Unity Television and Vodafone – a telecommunications company, were also rewarded for contributing to the growth of the health sector. Their prizes included sashes, citations and certificates.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu applauded the awardees for their service to humanity and encouraged them to continue to do more to save lives.
He asked that healthcare providers showed compassion for the sick and upheld high standards of professionalism.
He suggested to the organisers to strive to institutionalise the event to serve as a motivation for healthcare practitioners.
Dr Benedicta Ohene-Manu, Managing Director of Media Men Ghana Limited, said the goal was to inspire health professionals to work with passion and dedication to bring relief to their patients.