The Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Foundation, a foundation established by the Second Lady, Mrs Samira Bawumia, has donated two digital stethoscopes to the Koforidua Regional Hospital.
Presenting the items to the hospital at Koforidua, Mrs Bawumia said, the presentation was to establish a partnership between her foundation and the Koforidua Regional Hospital.
She explained that the best resource of a country is the human capital, hence she and the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo are collaborating to help reduce the maternal mortality of the country.
Mrs Bawumia explained that her visit to the hospital was to help her identify areas where her Foundation could help to improve upon post and ante-natal services at the hospital.
The Second Lady expressed her appreciation to the Medical Director of the Koforidua Regional Hospital, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah for his good leadership and his committed team for delivering good medical services to pregnant women in the Region.
Dr Oko Boye, Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital and a consultant to the Foundation said Parliament had received application for the approval of funding for the construction of a new modern Regional Hospital for the Eastern Region.
He explained that the anti-natal outreach unit of the foundation had been organizing outreach visits to anti-natal clinics all over the country to see how they can contribute towards improvement of anti-natal services in the country.
Dr Oko Boye said out of the recommendations of one of such visits, the whole of the La Government Hospital is to be broken down and a new ultra-modern hospital would soon be constructed for the area.
He said in Koforidua, the Foundation would find a way of supporting any improvement in the mother’s hostel of the hospital where mothers stay to take care of their babies on admission at the hospital.
The Member of Parliament said the presentation from the Foundation was small but had the capacity to make a major impact in the service delivery for pregnant women who visit the hospital.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour explained that discussions are still going on whether to use the funding before parliament to construct a new hospital or use the funding to upgrade the current regional hospital to the status anticipated.
He commended the management of the Koforidua Regional Hospital for their good leadership and innovation.
The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah expressed the appreciation of the management of the hospital to the Second Lady for selecting the Koforidua Regional Hospital for a visit to explore ways of supporting them.
Earlier, the Second Lady visited the ante-natal clinic of the hospital, the lying-in ward and the post-natal wards of the hospital to interact with the women and share parcels to them.