At least an amount of GHS6, 170, 686.23 has been realized as donations from Organizations and Individuals to support the establishment of a new Mother and Baby Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital(KATH).
A statement from the Office of the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo said the initiative is yielding positive response from Ghanaians following two fundraising events in Accra and Kumasi, courtesy the First Lady.
The unit, scheduled to be completed in four months, is part of efforts to address the severe congestion in the current maternity unit at KATH with inadequate maternity-related facilities resulting in avoidable suffering and deaths of mothers and babies who visit the hospital for medical care.
The new baby unit a 1,500 square metre one storey building with the capacity to take five times the current number, will solve the current capacity of KATH and give it additional capacity to grow over the next five years while they wait for the completion of a 43 year old uncompleted building by the government.
“The urgency of the situation demanded that we build a new unit as an immediate solution while we wait fir the government to complete the old building which would take about two years by the conservative estimates. The longer we wait the more babies and mothers we lose. The current situation of averaging the loss of 4 babies a day is simply unacceptable,” Mrs Akufo-Addo said.
While expressing her gratitude for the contribution by the public towards the initiative, Mrs Akufo-Addo encouraged Ghanaians to continue to donate, noting the minimum amount needed is GHS 10,000,000 for the KATH project, while additional funds may be needed for similar projects which her office intends to execute in the health sector across the country.
The KATH mother and Baby Unit fundraising is powered by the Rebecca Foundation.
Source: Wilberforce A. Asare