The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Lady Julia, wife of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, have jointly inaugurated a new Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.


The establishment of the two Units formed part of efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the country.


Under the “Save the Child, Save the Mother” project, the 10-million Ghana cedi ultra-modern facility was constructed by African Building Partners for the hospital and sponsored by the Rebecca Foundation under the leadership of Mrs Akufo-Addo in collaboration with the Multimedia Group and KATH.


The project, with a total built area of 2,722 square meters and made up of a maternity, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, is expected to ease pressure and extreme congestion in the old maternity block where  mothers compete with staff to attend to babies in a very limited space.


The facility is also   expected to reverse about four infant deaths recorded daily at the old MBU which has been in existence for over 60 years with the usual high incidence of congestions, long queues of mothers waiting for their turn to get surgery and inadequate equipment.


In an address at the inauguration,  Mrs Akufo-Addo explained that following a documentary dubbed “Next to Die”  produced, aired and screened by a team from the Multimedia led by Seth Kwame Boateng that highlighted the difficult environment at the MBU, the Rebecca Foundation initiated efforts to raise funds to put up the new  facility.


She said she had learnt many lessons from the successful completion of the project, adding “united person is all we need to develop the country”.


The First Lady noted that Ghanaians were capable of developing their own country with the enormous resources available and highlighted her husband, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s dream of “Ghana and beyond aid” which she said, had also become her dream.


Mrs. Akufo-Addo was happy to note that the media was a powerful tool for national development and, therefore, urged the media to take on more social issues.


She pledged her support for the maintenance of the facility to ensure it a long life span and durability.


The First Lady disclosed that the Rebecca Foundation was constructing a hostel at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for parents of children receiving cancer treatment and that plans were also underway to put up an Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Block of the hospital to ensure quality of health delivery service and appealed for support for the project.


She was thankful to the Manhyia Palace and the Japanese Government for their support for the KATH MBU project.


Source: ISD (Samuel Yaw Akrasi Sarpong)