Friday 23rd August, 2013Printable Version
Cape Coast, Aug. 23, GNA - One Africa Health Resort and Jus Luv Foundation, based in Elmina, have adopted the Family Planning and Maternity Unit of the Adisadel Urban Health Centre in Cape Coast.
They are painting the Delivery, Labour and Recovery rooms as well as the metal beds in the units.
Madam IMAHKÜS Njinga Okofu Ababio, co-founder and CEO of One Africa, said this on Tuesday when nine students from the Dickson College in Pennsylvania, US, who are conducting research, volunteered to provide the paint and paint the Maternity Unit as part of their community service.
Madam IMAHKÜS said apart from painting of the unit, her NGO would also provide beds and cot sheets and other medical supplies to the unit, adding that the NGO would spend about GHC 10,000 to put the facility in good shape and appealed to other philanthropists to either donate in cash or kind to enable them execute all their projects.
She said the Maternity Unit was selected as one of the beneficiaries from an Ap-Peace-ciation 13” Benefit Concert held in March to commemorate the 25th anniversary of MadamIMAHKÜS and her husband’s return home to Africa and in honour of Nana Okofo Iture Kweku Ababio, her late husband.
Madam IMAHKÜS said that One Africa decided to offer support to the Maternity Unit after two of her grandchildren were born there and she detected that the facilities were in a deplorable state and not conducive for new born babies.
She said the facility lacked beds and cot sheets and that in most cases, expectant mothers had to bring their own sheets, buckets and other items.
Madam IMAHKÜS said the Foundation had been soliciting for funding from African Americans professionals and others in the Diaspora and commended the students from the Dickinson College for their support.
She said the students had promised to organise funds for the project when they return to the US and that they would solicit support to supply the Maternity Unit with a “Foetal Heart Monitor.” Professor Lynn R. Johnson, Assistant Professor of English and Africana studies who led the students, said the students were studying African culture at Dickinson College and were in the country to conduct research on African culture.
She said the students could not do effective African Cultural Studies without visiting the continent and it was based on this that they were in the country to study the culture and that within their 10 days’ stay in the country the students has visited Kumasi, the Cape Coast and Elmina castles, the University of Cape Coast as well as visiting other Diaspora’s who had relocated to Ghana.
Mrs Lola Akins, the Physician Assistant in charge of the Health Centre, commended both One Africa and the students, adding that putting the maternity unit in good shape would reduce infection among new-born babies and would also increase patronage.
Mrs Sarah Obeng, Principal Midwife in charge of the unit, described the intervention as a blessing and said before then the unit was in a very deplorable state, which did not befit a maternity unit and appealed to other NGOs and philanthropists to come to their aid