Birthright-Ghana, a non-governmental organization on Friday donated assorted baby healthcare items to complement Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital, mission to provide medical and child healthcare, and nutrition services to newborn babies and their mothers.
The assorted items included, baby cloths, baby blankets for age zero to 24 months, bibs, baby socks, nappies and others and an undisclosed amount of money to support women renew their National Health Insurance Scheme.
Mrs Doris Adom Asante, Executive Director of Birthright-Ghana presented the items to Ms Victoria Ganagodo, a Principle Nursing Officer of the Nursing Administration together with Ms Gertrude A. Gatsi, Ms Sandra Mensah and Ms Antoinette Gasinu all nurses.
Mrs Asante in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after the donation commended the health professionals for their sense of duty and responsibility towards the newborn babies and their mothers.
She noted that going home with a new baby is exciting, but it can be scary too, as newborns have many needs like frequent feedings and diaper changes. “Babies can have health issues that are different from older children and adults, like diaper rash and cradle cap”.
Mrs Asante explained, what motivated Birthright-Ghana to donate the assorted baby healthcare items to the Children’s Hospital was to assist in providing basic needs to the newborns right after birth; “we now know what helps babies’ brains and bodies grow well, and what facilitates optimal development”.
She noted that the birthing environment should mimic the wombs as much as possible, warm temperature, soft lighting, no strong sensory input among others and procedures should not cause pain to the newborn separation from mothers.
She said the first environment and reception of a baby should be one of pleasurable gentleness and loving support, to jumpstart pro-sociality.
Mrs Asante said Birthright-Ghana, which works under the general them: “We love them both,” provides wide range of services to women facing unplanned pregnancies, including pregnancy counselling, alternatives to abortion, and help create workable plans for the future.
She said as an organisation we are against abortion and therefore ready to help abandoned babies by donating and paying for their hospital bills.
Ms Ganagodo commended Birthright-Ghana for the donation stressing that, the facility sees children from day one to 18-years, “our mission is to work in collaboration with all partners in health and other stakeholders to ensure that every individual, household is adequately informed about child health and has equitable access to high-quality health and related interventions”.
She said the hospital has a reputation for providing clinical excellence in both preventive and curative medical services.
She said healthcare provision is a shared responsibility and appealed to the public to support the effort of health professionals