At a news conference at the Ghana News Agency Innovation centre, Accra, GWAG, in partnership with Rotary Club Accra-Airport and Rotary Club Cape Coast Central, with support from various individuals and organisations, announced that the Elmina Urban Health Centre Maternity Ward and the Oda Government Hospitals are beneficiaries.

Yendi Government Hospital in the Northern Region is also part of the phase one of the maternity wards project.

The maternity wards project, which is the brain child of GWAG, in partnership with Rotary Club Accra-Airport and Rotary Club of Cape Coast Central, would distribute various medical items to health centres in the first phase of the project to support women and children’s healthcare.

In an interview with GNA, the Country Representative of GWAG, Hajia Fatima Isakah said the organisation seeks to promote entrepreneurship for women, culture for the youth in the Diaspora and giving back to women and children in under-served communities in Ghana.

“To support women and children’s healthcare initiatives, we selected maternity care as an area to focus. Maternity care benefits both target groups-women and children, with the high maternal and infant mortality rates in Ghana. This was a big area of need.

“We seek to be part of the change we want to see by providing tangible solutions to hospitals to enhance the delivery of care in maternity,” she added.

Hajia Fatima said the maternity ward adoption projects, are aimed at equipping government run hospitals to build capacity and increase access to hospitals for underserved women.

On his part, the President of Rotary Club of Accra-Airport, Mr Nathan Adu, noted that as part of the larger Rotary family and the biggest service organisation in the world who came together to create positive, lasting change in their communities, it was easy to partner an organisation as GWAG since they all share the same vision.
“Rotary is also a non-profit organisation like GWAG. They raised funds to give back to the Ghanaian society and having identified the various hospitals, they needed a reputable organisation to assist them in disbursing the items to the various hospitals.

“They approached us and Rotary having maternal healthcare as one of the areas to help, we thought it as a good opportunity to also help in giving back to society. We will see to the distribution,” he added.

Items to be donated include maternity ward beds, incubators various examination equipment and devices, stretchers, wheelchairs, scanners, weighing scales, mattresses, surgical disposables and dozens of essential items required for maternity units worth more than $ 200.000.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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