Manhyia (A/R) May 29, GNA – The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has called on all individuals and institutions to contribute towards the building of a new Mother and Child Unit for the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in the Ashanti Region.
She invited all kinds of donations in support of her ‘Save a Child, save a Mother Project’ aimed at constructing a one-story maternity building at KATH to help save the lives of mothers and children in the region and beyond.
The First Lady made the call in Kumasi during a fund raising event held at the Manhyia Palace under the patronage of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, to solicit additional funds for the construction of the new GHÈ¼10 million worth Maternity Unit for the Hospital.
She said the current situation at KATH was disturbing as a number of avoidable deaths of both mothers and babies were being recorded daily, partly due to inadequate facilities to cater for them.
She said it would be prudent if everybody donated something urgently towards the construction of the new maternity unit.
She said the maternity unit would involve a modern facility that would cater for five times the current number of clients, becoming a major life saving measure to ‘bring hope not only to families in Ashanti, but also those in the Brong Ahafo, the three Regions of the North and parts of the Central and Western Regions, who are served by the Komfo Anokye Hospital.’
Mrs Akufo-Addo noted that ‘being a Ghanaian means being our brother’s keeper as well as taking the initiative to make things happen to correct the wrong’ and therefore many Ghanaians like herself had taken to various activities to stem the tide of avoidable deaths at KATH.
She said: ‘when a mother dies, a vacuum is created in the family, which never gets filled. When a child dies we always wonder. Maybe if this child were alive, he or she would be in the university, married or even be the President.’
She therefore urged all to join in and contribute generously towards the project, reminding them that though the fundraising was necessitated by the construction of the maternity unit at KATH, there was a bigger intention for the event, saying ‘we are not only building a maternity unit for Komfo Anokye, but we intend to improve other health facilities across the country.
‘Your contributions would enable us to do so’ she added.
She however commended all individuals, companies and organizations for their contribution during the Accra fundraising noting that it was ‘highly successful.’
The First Lady also indicated that though ‘the Accra event yielded some considerable amount, we have not met our target yet therefore the Kumasi event is to ask the wonderful people of Kumasi and its environs to help us raise enough to build this maternity unit.’
She said she wished to see a fully functional modern maternity unit at the Hospital in four months’ time so that ‘space would no longer be an impediment to the well- being and survival of our mothers and children.’
Also at the Kumasi fundraising event were; the Second Lady Samira Bawumia, the host Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and his wife Lady Julia Osei Tutu, other traditional and religious leaders from the Region, representatives from Hospital and other dignitaries.
By Lydia Asamoah, GNA