First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has announced plans by her Foundation to begin the construction of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for children at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in February, 2018.
This follows the successful commissioning of a new GH¢ 10 million mother and baby unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi by the Rebecca Foundation, which is run by the First Lady.
Announcing the decision, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said the project was to show her commitment to women and children in the area of health and economic well-being, in order to help the country achieve its Sustainable Development Goals.
“The Rebecca Foundation is committed to the welfare of women and children. We have started a number of initiatives to address social issues. The Foundation has an initiative called Rebecca’s Special Initiative, which executed the Komfo Anokye mother and baby unit. We are currently supporting Korle Bu to build a hostel for parents of children receiving cancer treatment. Our next project under Rebecca’s Special Initiative is the construction of an intensive care unit at the children’s block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in February.”
She further called for support and funding from corporate organizations and Ghanaians to fast-track the construction of the project.
“The Sustainable development Goal 3 enjoins us to ensure healthy lives and promotes well-being for all, at all ages. This includes taking steps to lower our maternal and infant mortality rates. My hope is that projects like this, together with needed interventions like the elimination of mother to child HIV transmission, will get us closer to achieving our maternal and infant mortality goals,” she said.
“We are better together. We are capable of solving our challenges. We are capable of developing our own country given our enormous natural and human resources. Again I will be calling on Ghanaians to help the Foundation do this.”
The 30-bed hostel facility meant for intensive care will help provide accommodation for child cancer patients and their parents. It is expected to cost about two million Ghana cedis.