Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation has performed a sod cutting ceremony for the construction of a 30-bed expansion maternity ward for the Manhyia government Hospital in the Asokore Mampong municipality in the Ashanti region.
The expansion, which is expected to be completed in ten months, will add more bed spaces to the already existing 16-bed maternity ward at the hospital which is woefully inadequate to accommodate the increasing maternal cases.
The facility, which was spear-headed by the wife of Asantehene, Lady Julia, is to be constructed by JoBerg Company Limited from November 1, 2021 to August 2022.
During the ground breaking ceremony held at the premises of the hospital on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, the Board Chairman of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation, Nana Prof Oheneba Boachie-Adjei Woahene II, said the facility when completed will improve quality mother-baby care.
“We believe that this expansion will bring relief to the congestion of the ward and improve the quality of care given to the mothers and babies who come for care,” Nana Prof Oheneba Boachie-Adjei Woahene II stated.
Nana Prof Oheneba Boachie-Adjei Woahene II, who is also the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Hiahene, appealed to the Ashanti Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Services (GHS) to provide health personnel at the new facility to manage the care.
Superintendent at the Manhyia District Hospital, Kamarudeen Korku Hussein, in his address on behalf of the hospital expressed his gratitude to the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for the construction of the facility.
“The facility when completed will enhance the healthcare delivery through professionalism, patience-centeredness, ensuring privacy of our patients to attain quality healthcare in a humane manner,” Korku Hussein said.
He added that “it will also ensure dignity of women before, during and after childbirth”.
The Ashanti Regional Deputy Director of Health Services in charge of Public Health, Dr. Michael Rockson Adjei, in his speech said the expansion will help reduce the mortality rate cases in the Ashanti region which in the ascendency.
“The institutional mortality rate in the Ashanti region is on the increase as compared to the 2020 and this can be attributed to the lack of infrastructural and other logistics which affect quality healthcare. I believe that this facility will help fix these challenges to promote mother and baby care,” he explained.
Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Francis Appiah