Health News of Monday, 26 November 2012
Source: Olivia Asiedu-Ntow
Vodafone Ghana Foundation has helped Tamale Teaching Hospital save over 90 premature babies following the donation of 10 incubators earlier this year. The impact of the donation is still evident in the neo-natal department almost a year later as it has given the many premature babies born in the hospital greater chances of survival.
A year ago, babies born before their time in the hospital were forced to share incubators, exposing them to infections and worsening their survival rates. The move to donate the incubators followed a visit to the hospital by the CEO of Vodafone Ghana who decided to intervene to eliminate this practice. Medical experts have revealed that the survival rate of premature babies can increase dramatically if hospitals can acquire life-saving equipment such as incubators and ventilators. To date, there has been a tremendous improvement in the lives of the many premature babies born at Tamale Teaching Hospital as a result of the kind intervention by Vodafone Ghana Foundation.
Dr. Ken Sagoe, Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital said ‘the value of the incubators cannot be measured as it has saved a lot of lives. Each baby now sleeps in one incubator and this has brought about a huge improvement in the lives of these babies. We want to say a very big thank you to Vodafone Ghana Foundation for their immense support to the hospital and also for their continued support to the health sector in Ghana.'
The Head of Corporate Communications for Vodafone Ghana, Carmen Bruce-Annan, added that ‘these babies need a lot of support to increase their chances of survival therefore giving Tamale Teaching Hospital the resources to give premature babies the best start in life was an easy decision. As a company, we are committed to improving the lives and health of Ghanaians across the country”.