A first-hand experience with the decrepit nature of the Children's Ward of the University of Ghana (UG) Hospital and its lack of adequate equipment and facilities is the driving force behind the effort of Dr. Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), to create awareness and further seek philanthropic help for the ward. One respondent to Dr. Abekah-Nkrumah's efforts is Mr. Nuhu Bayorbo Mahama, Deputy National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (N.P.P) and a weekend MBA student of UGBS. Mr. Nuhu Bayorbo Mahama donated equipment worth GHC 20,000.00 to the UG Hospital Children's Ward on the 2nd of May, 2018.
The items donated include a nebuliser with face mask, flow metres and their accessories (Oxygen concentrators with Humidifiers for dispensing oxygen to babies), special baby friendly stethoscopes, a Nellcor bed side monitor and a Keeler otoscope with a charger.
Dr. Ofori-Adjei, the head of the Children's Ward, in her address, recounted the story of what inspired Dr. Abeka-Nkrumah to seek help for the hospital. Dr. Ofori-Adjei also emphasised the importance of the equipment donated and how they will go a long way to save the lives of babies who, without the equipment, may lose their lives.
Dr. Ofori-Adjei also explained that the ward has for some time now been receiving underweight babies who need urgent and intensive care to survive. However, the absence of the appropriate equipment meant transferring such babies to either Korle Bu Teaching Hospital or the 37 Military Hospital. Unfortunately, most of the referred babies do not survive because their conditions deteriorate during transit to the referred hospitals. Dr. Ofori-Adjei further explained that notwithstanding the lack of the appropriate equipment, news of the loss of such babies challenge them to retain such babies in the Children's ward and do their best with the equipment at hand to keep them alive. The good news however is that the decision made is yielding great results, in that, babies who would have died if transferred have survived, and the baby-related mortality rate has also dropped considerably. She was therefore optimistic that with the newly donated equipment, mortality rate of babies will further reduce.
The Deputy Director of the Legon Hospital, Dr. Norgbe, expressed on behalf of the hospital and its staff, their profound gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Nuhu Bayorbo Mahama for the kind gesture. Dr. Abekah-Nkrumah also expressed his gratitude to Mr. Nuhu Bayorbo Mahama for answering his call for assistance to the Children's Ward of the Legon Hospital. Mr. Nuhu Bayorbo Mahama assured the management of the ward that this will not be his last donation to the Children's ward.
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