It has taken five months but finally, the Mother and Baby Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is complete and ready to save lives.
Joy News last year brought to light the appalling conditions at the maternity unit that resulted in as many as four babies dying each day.The First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo upon watching the documentary, partnered with The Multimedia Group and started the ‘Save a child, save a mother’ campaign to raise funds for the construction of a befitting unit.
Five months after the fundraising, an ultra-modern unit has been constructed and is ready to be commissioned.The commissioning will take place at 9 a.m Friday in Kumasi.It is expected to reduce drastically the mortality rate of mothers and babies at the hospital by an astonishing 60 percent.
The new facility will house the Maternal, Neonatal and Intensive Care units.Seth Kwame Boateng is in the Ashanti region where preparations are underway ahead of the commissioning and reports that the final touches are being made and the facility will be handed over to KATH on Friday.The new unit has three surgical theatres, meaning three women can undergo a caesarean section at the same time.
A situation which was impossible in the past. Women had to stay in long queues before they could be attended to.The new facility also has 20 new incubators, and about 130 delivery beds and 12 mothers can go through delivery at the same time.
In the past, there were only two delivery beds and women in labour waited in queues for hours before they could be delivered of their babies.The new facility also boasts an ultra modern feeding room. Mothers have been provided with recliner seats to make breastfeeding comfortable, healthy, in a clean and serene atmosphere.
The First Lady said it was her joy and pride to have been able to partner with The Multimedia Group to achieve such a wonderful feat.
Watch a documentary by Seth Kwame Boateng detailing how the project was conceived.