A US-based children’s medical services charity, Amazing Grace Children’s Foundation (AGCF), has lauded Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo Addo and her foundation for demonstrating commitment to the health care of children and mothers in Ghana.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed by its Founder, Dr Gloria Nimo.
The First Lady, on Wednesday, May 15, inaugurated a fully equipped 41-bed state-of-the-arts Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) built by her foundation for the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra.
Also, in January last year, the Rebecca Foundation of which the First Lady is the Executive Director donated a Baby and Mother Block to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.
The NGO, in the missive acknowledged the interventions made by Mrs Akufo-Addo and her foundation, as it also called on the government of Ghana to increase efforts particularly at addressing children and mothers’ healthcare issues.
It indicated that the lack of infrastructure and resource for paediatric care contributed mainly to the concerning rate of newborn and maternal mortality and morbidity in Ghana, hence the need to focus attention at addressing that.
It added that the facilities would not only help to improve access to health care for children but also create a safe environment for the delivery of specialist services to mothers and infants.
It further stated that the country was in critical need of such interventions to help close the gap in its pursuit of improved health care for its neonatal and maternal population in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“it is very encouraging to have such profound interventions as made by the First Lady and her foundation for the welfare of our women and children. however the Ghana government ought to increase efforts at addressing the problem,” the statement maintained.
The organisation has called on other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in health as well as stakeholders in the sector to actively play their roles to complement the government’s effort at improving healthcare delivery in the country.