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THE POLICE Ladies’ Association (POLAS) has donated GH¢1600 worth of bed sheets and pillowcases to the children’s ward of the Police Hospital in Accra.

Pediatrician in charge of the children’s ward, ACP Dr. Marian Tetteh Korboe, who received them on behalf of the hospital, said currently there were no abandoned children at the facility as the last three were taken to the Osu Children’s Home two weeks ago.

She explained that mortality rates at the hospital were very minimal adding that in 2011, 19,444 children were treated as out patients while 13 percent of them representing 2,646 were admitted.

Out of this figure only 12 being 0.5 percent died as a result of late arrivals especially during the doctors’ strike.

Cerebral malaria and asthmatic attacks were the most reported cases.

The in-charge of pensions at the Police Headquarters, ACP Sabina Osei Bonsu who made the donation on behalf of POLAS said the association adopted and renovated the children’s ward in 2009 to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

In 2010, it organised a party for the children and now it was presenting the 50 bed sheets as its 2011 present to the ward.

In all 13 children were on admission at time of the donation last week.

Ward Manager, Superintendent Juliana Agyeiwaa, appealed to the general public and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the Police Hospital.

“Often we hear of several donations to orphanages and other hospitals but nothing is brought to us. We also need help,” she pleaded.

Supt. Agyeiwaa explained that the beds and cots the children were using had no side rails.

She therefore asked the public to get new cots and beds with side rails which would serve as protection for babies and children admitted at the ward.

She said the absence of rails made it very dangerous for children especially when personnel on duty were busy attending to other tasks stressing the children could fall while sleeping or playing in bed.

Another thing she asked for was curtains explaining that the ward has only one set.

She noted the ward would need more bed sheets as children easily soiled them creating the need for frequent changes.  

The children also need toys to keep them lively so they don’t get bored. The toys are tools to develop their brains, she added.

BY Rocklyn Antonio

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