Work has begun on the new maternity, mother and baby unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) as the Save-A-Child, Save-A-Mother campaign mobilises GH₵10m for the unit.
The Save-A-Child, Save-A-Mother campaign was organised by the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the Multimedia Group Limited, to raise funds for the construction of a new maternity and mother and baby unit for the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to help reduce the congestion there as government mobilises funds to complete the over 40-year-old close to 1000 bed facility.
The site engineer Stehan Coret told Joy News that even though there have been problems with the rains lately, they are confident they can meet the October deadline.
The engineer-on-site Freeman Agbomenya also told Joy News that the 1500m2 unit which will be five times the size of the current unit has over 100 spaces, a breastfeeding area “purposely because in our setting we don’t have a place where a mother can come in to feed her baby”.
He added that there are areas which will contain incubators and huge spaces with enough bed for pregnant women.
This campaign was inspired by Joy News' Seth Kwame Boateng's Special Assignment documentary, Next To Die, which highlights the needless deaths of women and babies at KATH.
From the documentary, women and babies were dying due to congestion in the maternity unit in the hospital.
The project undertaken by the First Lady to save lives of mothers and their babies had funds raised to hit the target GH₵10m to construct a new maternity, mother and baby unit for KATH.
First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo
“Getting to this point, I knew that somehow the way people have come to support, we will get here very quickly and I’m very happy with the progress”, she said.
Although the target has been reached, the First Lady said that the campaign will continue to save lives in other hospitals.