Barely a week after its launch, the iMEM Foundation, established to support and advocate for leadership to transform and sustain the fortunes of Ghana, has donated an incubator to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Tema General Hospital (TGH).
The Foundation centers its efforts in leading advocacy in the areas of natural resources governance, combating corruption, and creating awareness about our ‘African-ness’.
Handing over the incubator to officials of the TGH’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the donation ceremony, the Director of iMEM Foundation, Mrs Comfort Aniagyei, pointed out that the gesture was to ensure that the health facility is best placed to deal with the challenges of infant mortality.
According to her, the donation is to improve the health of new-born babies and reduce premature deaths within Tema and its environs, thereby, solidifying Ghana’s position on the Millennium Development Goal Four, which has always looked at reducing the under-five mortality.
“We believe that it is right to reach out to Tema General Hospital’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, because all human life begins in a maternity room of a sort,” she remarked. Continuing, she stated that the iMEM Foundation holds the view that the donated incubator would relieve the anxiety of hardworking officials of NICU, because the TGH does not have the adequate number of incubators.
“We also understand the anxiety parents of these unfortunate babies go through, all in a bid to ensure that their babies get the extra health care they require to live, after the first few days upon their entry in this world. It is in line with this that iMEM Foundation is donating the incubator to NICU,” Mrs Aniagyei said.
Dr Adjoa Dsane, Medical Officer in charge of the TGH NICU, said the lack of incubators at the hospital is a challenge to quality health care delivery.
According to her, the hospital, currently has four incubators, which compels officials manning the facility to put two or three pre-term babies in one incubator, a practice she described as not the best.
She mentioned that though it is not the best, it is aimed at ensuring that they improved care of the babies to reduce the mortality rate of pre-term in the hospital.
Dr Dsane implored Ghanaians to support the TGH NICU with more incubators to reduce the pressure on the functioning ones.