…For Championing Women Cause
A group known as the Bono Public Policy Institute has commended First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo for taking the lead in promoting the needs of Ghanaian women and children, particularly in health and education, through her foundation.
This was contained in a statement signed by Adu Koranteng, a leading member of the group on behalf of the executive director.
The statement acknowledged the exceptional role being played by Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo “in promoting and meeting the needs of Ghanaian women and children in the education and health sectors and wish to commend her for the good work while encouraging her to continue.”
The group also commended Mrs Akufo-Addo for championing projects like the Korle-Bu Pediatric and Intensive Care and the Komfo Anokye Mother and Baby (M&B) units, which have saved lives of several women and children.
“The First Lady recently initiated a project called ‘Learn to read’ to roll out school and child-friendly initiatives to help children learn how to read.
“The aim is to inculcate the culture of reading in children in support of efforts to build a highly literate society. She has also been holding meetings with a number of women in positions of power and influence in the country,” the statement added.
It again said through the efforts of the First Lady, the delays that used to characterise the supply of braille textbooks and other learning materials at Braille Production Centre has been brought to an end. That was after she renovated and equipped the centre.
“These and many other great projects have been successfully executed by the First Lady and her foundation. We are excited about the zeal and the passion with which the First Lady is implementing these programmws to save women and children all over Ghana.
“We therefore call on Ghanaians and the business community to support her in her quest to find solution to the health and education needs of women and children in Ghana,” it added.
The First Lady, through the Rebecca Foundation, has carried out numerous projects, including the recently commissioned 41-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, to provide quality and adequate health care to children.
The facility consists of 21-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the 20-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
It has two isolation rooms for communicable diseases and is environmentally and disability-friendly, with all the necessary modern amenities and equipment needed for quality child health care.
The facility, the first of its kind at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in its 96 years of existence, replaced the old Children’s Emergency Ward, which had not seen any renovation since its construction in the 1960s.
Last week, Mrs Akufo-Addo yet again cut sod for the construction of a 16-bed fully-equipped health centre for the people at Kwame Anum in the Ga South Municipality of Greater Accra Region.
The facility, being constructed with funding from the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation (IMPF), would serve the health care needs of the over 82,000 population of Kwame Anum, Ashalaja and other surrounding communities.
It would complement services rendered by the Obom Health Centre, the only health facility in the Obom sub-district.