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Kwami Sefa Kayi donates incubators to First Lady

By Lydia Asamoah, GNA

Accra,
July 16, GNA – The Kokrokoo Charities Foundation, has presented two incubators
worth $20,000 to the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo Addo towards her “Save a
Mother Save a Child” project currently underway at the Komfo Anokye Teaching
Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

Mr
Kwami Sefa Kayi, founder of the Kokrokoo Charities Foundation and host of the
Kokrokoo Morning Show on Peace FM, who presented the incubators to the First
Lady, said the equipment were in honour of a pledge made during the launch of
the “Save a Mother save a Child” project organised by Mrs Akofo Addo in Accra
recently.

Mr
Sefa Kayi said the two incubators add up to six others that had already been
installed by his Foundation under its “Project 100 Incubators” initiative that
were being installed at the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) of various
government facilities in Accra, Prestea, Nsawam and Tamale.

Among
the benefitting hospitals were the Prestea Government Hospital in the Western
Region, La General Hospital, Nsawam Government Hospital, and the Police
Hospital, all in the Greater Accra Region and the Tamale Teaching Hospital in
the Northern Region.

He
explained that the incubators being donated fall under the “Giving hope to
mothers, Keeping Children Alive” campaign, championed by the Foundation and
aimed at raising funds to purchase and install 100 incubators in NICUs of
health facilities nationwide.

He
said the incubators were to help cater for babies born before 37 weeks of
pregnancy, known in medical terms as pre-term deliveries.

Mr
Sefa Kayi said when he initiated the fund-raising programme in June 2014 to purchase
100 incubators at a cost of $100 million, most people thought it was so
daunting, but he believed “someone needed to do it”.

“I
know it’s tough but we have to do it”, he noted, adding that in the next two
weeks, the ninth incubator would be installed at the Central Regional
Hospital. 

The
First Lady on her part thanked Kwami for honouring the pledge saying the
incubators would be useful in helping address the situation at the KATH.

Meanwhile,
two other companies, Midray, a medical device company through its local
representative KD Global, donated two unit of portable ultra-sound machines
while Life Care Technology presented patient monitors that would help check
vital signs of patients to the First Lady.

The
First Lady in May this year organised two fundraising events in support of a
new mother and baby unit at KATH which yielded positive response, with various
individuals and institutions donating cash and equipment towards the
initiative, while others made pledges.

The
two events that were organised in Accra and in Kumasi recently, was to mobilise
GH¢ 10 million to fund the building of the maternity Unit to help end needless
deaths of babies and mothers at the hospital due to lack of space.

Accounts
verified by Deloitte and Touche as at 31st May 2017, indicated that
organisations and individuals had donated an amount of GH¢6, 170, 686, 23 with
an outstanding amount of cash pledges of GH¢1, 489,500.00 yet to be redeemed.

Additionally,
in-kind pledges and donations including cement, electrical cables, windows,
pipes, baby cots, hospital beds and incubators were made.

The
new mother and baby unit is in direct response to the congestion in the current
maternity unit, which has inadequate medical equipment to cope with the volume
of births, surgeries and neonatal care at KATH, leading to high volumes of
avoidable death of babies and mothers.

Authorities
at the KATH had attributed most of the deaths at the Unit to higher than normal
infections and cross-contamination due to lack of space and equipment.

The
lack of hygiene was also another factor as the space was so little, that there
was no practical way to clean the wards due to overcrowding.

When
completed, the new baby unit, a 1,500 square metre one storey building with the
capacity to take five times the current number, would solve the current
capacity of KATH and give it additional capacity to grow over the next five
years.

GNA

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