The First Lady of the republic of Ghana, Mrs, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, in collaboration with The Multimedia Group has taken very significant and commendable steps towards ending the issue of maternal and infant mortality which has been prevalent at the Konfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). The KATH mother and baby deaths have been a long standing menace, bringing tears and frustration to many Ghanaian homes.
The fund raising event tagged #SaveThemNow which was organised by Multimedia and the First Lady and held at the KATH premises, saw various groups and individuals in attendance, with many of them donating both cash and other items to help the ugly situation.
The programme is targeted at raising an initial GHS10 million to build a new Mother and Baby Unit at KATH and other referral hospitals in the Ashanti Region.
Also in attendance was the Second Lady Mrs. Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President, President of Action Chapel, Archbishop Duncan William, and other prominent personalities.
According to Myjoyonline reports, GHS 7,695,444 was raised at the event which include cash, cheques and pledges. Below is a breakdown of some of the donations made by different companies and individuals .
- One Foreign mission which doesn’t wish to be mentioned donated 3.5 million cedis.
- Another Embassy in Ghana donated $500,000
- Ghacem promised to supply all the cement needed to execute the project.
- Ghana Lotteries Authority which gave GHS20,000 and pledged to give GHS200,000 more
- Interplast Ghana gave GHS25,000 in cash and GHS75,000 worth of pipes and paints
- Gloria Bartels gave GHS10,000
- Apostle Kwadwo Safo gave GHS30,000
- GOIL gave GHS250,000
- GHAPOHA gave GHS300,000
- ZONTA Ladies gave GHS20,000
- Unilever Ghana gave GHS20,000
- Tony Oteng Gyasi gave GHS25,000
- GHACEM promised to provide cement for the project.
- Perez Chapel gave GHS10,000.
KATH Mother and Baby Deaths
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is indisputably the second largest referral health facility in Ghana. But the issue of maternal and infant mortality has rocked the hospital over the years with the figures being really frightening. One of the major contributing factors to the deaths has been noted to be that of congestion. It was revealed that at least four children die daily through congestion at the hospital. A doctor at the hospital revealed that they lose up to 10 babies on some days! Statistics at the hospital also revealed that 91 maternity deaths were recorded at the hospital in 2016. It’s really as bad as that!!
Although reports reveal that the KATH maternity deaths have continued to decline with 126, 108 and 91 expectant mothers losing their lives in 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively, the fact is that there is also a proportionate decline on the number of admissions – that is mothers who go there to deliver. So, it could be said that there was no decline after all.
As earlier stated, this menace of KATH mother and baby deaths have lingered, bringing tears and frustration to many Ghanaian homes on a daily basis. It was actually a pathetic and expository documentary by Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng, titled “Next to Die” that aroused the recent attention towards the KATH maternity ward. In the article, Boateng explored and expose the real and very ugly situation of the ward which has stood uncompleted for 43 years now, where expectant mothers come to the hospital with narrow hope of leaving with their babies alive.
However, with this well-meaning move by the First Lady and The Multimedia Group, Ghanaians are seriously hoping that a lasting solution will be provided this time around. Moreover, President Akufo-Addo in his first 100 days in office highlights, promised to see to the completion of the building.
Below are more photos from the fund raising event:
Some stakeholders at the event.
More of the guests…