First Lady and Head of The the Rebecca Foundation Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has called for more focus and attention on the pre-conception and inter-conception stages of maternal care.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo made this known when she handed over a renovated and refurbished maternity ward facility to the Ghana Health Service at the Bawjuasi center.
The First Lady indicated that attention given to maternal health issues can help in early identification of health conditions in babies and even fetuses that can prevent death or disability and help babies reach their full abilities and potential.
“Pregnancies can serve as an indicator in identifying health risks in women such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, genetic conditions amongst other things and this can help in the prevention of future health risks for both mothers and their children” she said.
Referring to the Sustainable Development Goal 3, which sets target for reducing maternal mortality rate to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, she said “though there were significant declines to this effect, statistics show that approximately, 830 women die a day during child birth.”
“This is why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government initiative of spearheading ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ is commendable”. She added that “If we all contribute to this initiative in our own small ways, it will positively impact every part of our lives.”
Aside the renovation works on the facility, the first lady also donated an incubator, five hospital beds, one delivering bed, one patient medical table, ten gowns and one medical cabinet.
The rest include a ten complete delivery system, ten advanced wound dressing materials, five pressure bed sheets and ten bed pans.
Touching on the need for the exhibition of professional conduct by health professionals, she noted, the tales of pregnant women and their babies who have died during childbirth due to the apparent negligence of health professionals is sadly rampant.
She says the equipment will immensely improve the standards of healthcare delivery in the center and will further contribute to elevate the status of this health center to a Polyclinic as promised by the government.
She commended, George Andah, the Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya West District for assisting to renovate and refurbish the facility. He in turn thanked her for donating and supporting the project. She again commended government for making provisions to post a permanent resident doctor to the facility.
The first lady appealed to the management and staff of the Bawjuasi health center to make good use of the equipment supplied.
story: Aikins Agyei/pinkfmonlinegh.com