The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commissioned a 41 new Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The facility is expected to serve as the biggest referral center for children in Ghana and the sub-region. The new facility consists of a 21-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a 20-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is the latest and second beneficiary of the Foundation following the construction and handing over of a Mother and Baby Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in January 2018 at a cost of more than ¢9m.
The Unit has 43-bed each with ventilators, isolation rooms, intensive neonatal care and paediatric rooms, a neonatal high dependency room, a large waiting area for families and an eight-bed resting room for staff.
Speaking at the ceremony, Madam Rebecca Akufo-Addo asked managers of the health facility to put in place strict maintenance policy to secure the equipment are in a good shape for years.
”How can we advance the sector of health when we all acknowledge that we have a poor maintenance culture. I have visited many health facilities for the past months, the story of broken down equipment’s, lack of repairs, and other unfortunate instances that degrade our health care are still happening. We have to change this narrative. We have to take good care of our existing infrastructure” she said.
Head of Child Health at the hospital, Mr Ebenezer Badu was optimistic the new unit will help provide quality health care for children referred there.