Richard Agbeko Agbanyo receiving the equipment on behalf of the hospital
The First Lady and Founder of The Rebecca Foundation, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has presented a phototherapy machine worth GH¢ 30,000 to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.
The presentation is in fulfilment of a promise made by Mrs. Akufo-Addo made when she last visited the hospital in October this year to commission an obstetrics and gynaecology block and a 16-bed mothers’ hostel.
Making the presentation at her office at Ridge in Accra, the first lady expressed optimism that the equipment would go a long way to assist the hospital deal with many infant-related illnesses for which phototherapy can remedy.
Receiving the medical equipment, a senior clinical technician at the hospital, Richard Agbeko Agbanyo, thanked the first lady for her kind gesture and praised The Rebecca Foundation for the many humanitarian works in several health facilities, especially in the area of maternal care.
He said the presentation of the phototherapy machine is very timely, as it would go a long way to contribute to reducing the infant mortality rate, pursuant to Millennium Development Goals 4 (MDG 4) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The phototherapy machine is a technologically advanced medical equipment used for the treatment of neonatal illnesses such as neonatal jaundice. It also serves as an incubator to provide a safe and stable environment for new-born infants, often those born prematurely or with an illness or disability that makes them vulnerable for the first several months of life.
In a related development, a philanthropist in Canada, Dr. George Boahen Ansong, who is a dental practitioner with the Royale Dental Clinic, Toronto, Canada, has donated assorted dental products to The Rebecca Foundation in Accra.
The products included toothpaste, dental aids, dental bibs and other dental accessories.
The donation, which was done on behalf of Dr. Ansong by his family, led by Mr. Dave Amankwa, is aimed at supporting the work of the first lady.
Receiving the items, Mrs. Akufo-Addo congratulated the management of Royale Dental Clinic for not sitting on the fence to admire the good works of The Rebecca Foundation, but rather jumping on board to assist promote a worthy cause.
The first lady urged other companies and individuals to emulate Royale Dental Clinic by contributing through The Rebecca Foundation to provide for the poor and vulnerable in society, especially mothers and children.