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FIRST LADY COMMISSIONS CAPE COAST OBS/GYNAE CENTRE

Health & Lifestyle

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commissioned two huge new projects at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in the Central Region.

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commissioned two huge new projects at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in the Central Region.

 

The state-of-the-art projects are the Anokye Yeboah Mothers’ Hostel and an obstetrics and gynaecology emergency centre.

Built by a philanthropist, Gustav Anokye-Yeboah, the two new women’s health-care facilities are further proof that any support or contribution from an individual, group or organisation to support maternal health needs in Ghana will be most welcome, the First Lady said.

Mr Anokye-Yeboah’s generous gesture would help mitigate a situation where “every year, many women die in Ghana due to pregnancy- and delivery-related complications”, she further said.

Can-do spirit

She said many such deaths can be avoided through effective and appropriate maternity care and preventive, diagnostic and timely therapeutic interventions.

With issues relating to mothers and children still a top priority for the First Lady and the Rebecca Foundation, Mrs Akufo-Addo declared that gestures such as this one, from a compassionate son of the land who is conscious of what mothers are worth, will surely allow women the comfort and dignity they deserve.

She commended the hospital for judicious use of its internally generated funds towards establishing the obstetrics and gynaecology centre, saying this exemplifies great resourcefulness and a can-do spirit worthy of emulation.

The First Lady also praised the hospital’s outreach support programmes to underserved communities in an effort to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.

Conception to cradle

“Health care for mother and baby means making the most effective use of material and human resources. We must continuously and deliberately strengthen maternal health systems so we are better capable of offering a continuum of care from before conception, through pregnancy and delivery,” she said.

According to Mrs Akufo-Addo, all health professionals must heed the call of duty to share information which may affect the care that a woman receives during pregnancy, or which may have an impact on how she fares.

She hoped that both projects would receive the best of maintenance to ensure the lasting and sustainable use of the facilities.