The Kokrokoo Charities Foundation has presented two incubators worth $20,000 towards the Save-A-Child, Save-A-Mother project for the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.
Kwami Sefa Kayi, founder of the Kokrokoo Charities Foundation, presented the incubators to the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo in honour of a pledge made during the launch of the project.
The Save-A-Child, Save-A-Mother campaign organised by the First Lady, to raise funds for the construction of a new maternity and mother and baby unit for the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. It is aimed at reducing congestion as well as complete the over 40-year-old 1000 bed facility.
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.
He said the incubators were to help cater for babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, known in medical terms as pre-term deliveries.
The First Lady on her part thanked Sefa Kayi for honouring the pledge, noting that the incubators would be useful in helping address the situation at the KATH.
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.
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.