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Health News of Friday, 19 January 2018


KATH MBU is the only green health facility in Africa - First Lady

The newly constructed Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Mother and Baby Unit has been described by Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo as the only green health facility in Africa.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo was speaking at the commissioning of the new MBU block at the KATH on Friday January 19, 2018 in Kumasi.

The MBU has three surgical theatres, 20 new incubators, about 130 delivery beds and 12 mothers can go through delivery at the same time.

The facility which meets international standards of healthcare delivery, is also expected to reduce maternal mortality rate in the region and beyond by 60%.

Mothers have been provided with recliner seats to make breastfeeding comfortable and healthy.

The First Lady said the commissioning of the MBU makes her fulfilled as woman.

She said, “By coming together as people, we can achieve a lot for the development of the country. We are better together and we’re capable of solving our challenges as a united people."

According to her, the story of MBU proves, "It is so possible. We are capable of developing our own country."

Mrs. Rebbeca reemphasised she would be working with people to lead the dream of building a better Ghana as "People united with common purpose, common goal is all that we need" as a country.

She called for maintenance culture and advised that the excitement should not overshadow the fact that, the facility needs to be properly maintained.

Mr. Rebbaca thanked all Ghanaians for their contributions to the construction of the facility and pledged government’s support toward the maintenance of the unit.

Heath Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu also expressed excitement about the project saying, "We are so happy this major project has been completed”.

He lauded the Rebecca foundation and its partners for the initiative.

The Minister said the facility is the first major project under the foundation that would change lives and transform the healthcare delivery in Asanteman and beyond.