A Larteh-Akuapem based non-governmental organisation (NGO), As I Grow (AIG), has made a donation to the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital in Akuapem Mampong in the Eastern Region.
The items, which included baby diapers, clothes, wipes, tissues, nurse caps, pulse oximeter, gloves, flow meter, savalon, nasal prongs and washing powder, run into thousand of Ghana cedis.
The donation was made possible through the instrumentality of Ms. Leonora Adoyobo, who decided to come to the aid of the hospital through the NGO, after a request to Save Our Souls (SOS) was sent to her.
Presenting the items, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NGO, Mr. Debrah Bekoe Isaac, stated that the donation was a reaffirmation of their commitment towards the aims of his outfit to support teenage girls, children, empowering women, and implementing grassroots projects in education, poverty reduction and health care in the deprived communities in Ghana.
The Founder asserted that the attention of the NGO was drawn to the logistical challenges at the Paediatric and the NICU units when the organisation settles the medical bills of some children who were struggling to have their bill paid in February this year.
He continued that he was touched by the disheartening situation of the units, which were not having some simple equipment and items to aid the nurses in the execution of their duties.
The Larteh-Akuapem based NGO head admitted that the commitment to ensure holistic and quality healthcare for children on admission at the hospital should not be left at the doorstep of the government alone.
Receiving the items on behalf of the units, Madam Sheila Larbi, who is in charge of the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, said the donation had been timely, given that this was Neonatal Jaundice awareness month, when more equipment and logistics were needed to handle the increasing cases.
On his part, the Administrator of Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Maxwell Larbi, commended the NGO for the donation.
He said the financial standing of the hospital was not encouraging due to low reimbursement by the National Health Insurance Authority, and the inability of patients to pay their medical bills, and called for more support from corporate bodies and individuals.
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