Ghana’s first lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo Addo has raised over 7.7 million Ghana Cedis to support and help ease congestion at the maternity ward at Komfo Anokye hospital after seeing a documentary, titled “Next To Die” by Ghanaian journalist Seth Kwame Boateng of Multimedia Group, operators of Joy News.
The first lady teamed up with the Multimedia Group and was supported by the second lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia whose office was used to host guests for the fund raising ceremony.
Reports says over 100 women die annually on their delivery bed and four to seven babies a day, this is an alarming situation which got the first lady to step forward to embark on this project calling on all philanthropists, doctors, non-governmental organizations, companies, individuals and any well-meaning citizens to the course.
She said scenes from the documentary involving mothers sleeping on the floor and some on hard benches and in some case a bed shared by two heavily pregnant women, there was also extreme cases where two beds were joined together to accommodate the women. And, these result in the death of babies and mothers daily at the preterm unit.
This prompted the urgency and zeal to get to call on all stakeholders for the funds to be raised to complete the abandoned 1000-bed capacity block for the hospital as soon as possible to make pregnant women have deliveries in comfort and be able to nurse their babies without or minimize the occurrence of death.
See photos from the fund raising ceremony below:
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