By: Benjamin Owusu | Voltaonlinegh |
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nkwanta in the Nkwanta South District of the Oti Region has received medical equipment including two incubators, wheel chairs valued over £10,000.00 equivalent to GH¢60,000.00 from Ghanaian Roman Catholic Church members of St. Michael and Martin Parish in the United Kingdom to help reduce neonatal deaths in the hospital.
The donation was in response to a story carried by Benjamin Owusu in which administrator of the hospital, Rev. Sister Georgina Quayson appealed for incubators for the neo-natal department.
St. Joseph’s Hospital has been without incubator since its establishment forcing management to use self-made carpenter boxes as incubator to enable them save pre-term babies.
Speaking to Voltaonlinegh after the presentation of the items to the hospital, the leader of the group, John Karikari said this was part of contributions to give back to the society and also help the government and the Ghana Health Service to reduce neonatal deaths among babies born pre-term in the country.
Mr. Karikari expressed hope that the donation would help improve neo-natal cases at the hospital and pleaded with the hospital to take good care of the incubators to serve its intended purpose.
Rev. Sister Georgina Quayson receiving the donation on behalf of management and staff, expressed her profound appreciation to the group and the media and hoped that it would be highly beneficial to the hospital.
Rev. Sister Quayson regretted that neo-natal deaths had contributed the most to child mortality at the hospital and hoped that the incubators would save lives of many pre-term babies in the municipality.
The administrator appealed to other philanthropic individuals and organisations for more support to enable the hospital complete the stalled neo-natal facility to improve healthcare delivery in the area.
Staff at the maternity department commended the donors and the reporter for the support saying that “has been an urgent need for quite a long time” and also appealed for ventilation machine to achieve desired result.