The Rotary Club of Accra -Labone (RCAL) in collaboration with Vodafone Foundation (VF), on Tuesday donated an incubator worth GH?10,000.00 to the Nsawam Government Hospital.
The neonatal incubator comes with components which include a heater, fan, container for water to add humidity, control valve through which oxygen may be added, and access ports for nursing care is meant to support premature babies with low birth weight, breathing difficulties, low blood sugar, jaundice, and poor feeding, among others.
Madam Awura Adwoa Kye, Vice President of RCAL, speaking at a brief programme to present the device said, it was part of the Club’s corporate social responsibility to respond to the needs of the less-privileged in society, especially in the area of health and education.
She said RCAL had been assisting the children?s department of the hospital with refurbishment works following its adoption in 2007.
?We then started working towards the acquisition of the incubator with our partners outside, until an idea came in for us to partner with Vodafone Foundation where initial work started in 2013 with approval of request being met in later part of 2014?, she said.
Madam Kye urged the public to put shoulders together to get more incubators for various hospitals in the country, as a life saved today would be that of a president tomorrow.
She also encouraged citizens to inculcate the desire of serving their communities to light up the world and anywhere they find themselves.
Mr Carlis Arko, a representative of VF, expressed their readiness to help solve social pressing issues, especially when the Foundation is extremely passionate about health.
Dr Kofi Ablorh, Medical Superintendent of the Nsawam Government Hospital, receiving the incubator, thanked RCAL and VF for their support, and appealed to other benevolent organizations to emulate their kind gesture, because the hospital was noted for losing babies, and lacked better support to complement their efforts in making the lives of the babies paramount.
He said, a total of 542 new-borns were admitted at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) last year, where out of the number, 82 were born prematurely, 14 referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, and two to the Koforidua Regional Hospital, with the remaining 11, that is, 13 per cent dying.
?This percentage can be reduced if the NICU is well equipped with all the needed equipment
?The presentation of an incubator to the hospital is a welcome relief, and will go a long way to improve the management of new born care in the hospital?, Dr Ablorh said.
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