Cape Cast Teaching Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is appealing to benevolent organizations, non-governmental organizations, government and philanthropists to come to their aid with incubators, photo therapy machine, concentrators and pediatric monitors to enable the unit to meet the high demands on the NICU. The Senior Nursing Officer Sophia Blankson made the request when she received donation of refrigerator, washing machine, diapers and children clothing’s from MSM Moore Foundation. According to her, the refrigerator will enable the unit to store breast milk, for the babies whiles the washing machine will be used to wash babies clothing.
The nursing officer at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Lydia Brewu speaking to Ghanabanews.com disclosed that the NICU is too small to accommodate high number of cases that come to the unit. The small space housing the NICU adds up to compound the ventilation challenges at the NICU. According to her, both nursing mothers and nurses on duty are always bathed in sweat when attending to babies at the unit. Lydia Brewu is appealing to Telecos such as MTN, AIRTELTIGO, VODAFONE and other institutions such as GNPC, Goldfields and others to come to their aid to fund the construction of new structure to house the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital.
The nursing officer, Lydia Brewu said the unit has only two incubators to manage over fifteen pre-term babies that we met at the ward at the time of our visit. According to her, it has not been easy for them at all because they always have more issues than the two incubators can handle. We saw babies in their cot arranged at the corridors since there were no space in the rooms to place them. She is therefore appealing for immediate support to expand the unit to enable them provide the first class service delivery the facility provides to it clients at the various unit.
The Chief Executive Officer for MSM Moore Foundation Maximoore Owusu speaking to Ghanabanews.com disclosed that it is foundation’s vision to support the unit with the refrigerators as they got to know that, it will help them a lot to store breast milk from parents so they can feed their babies as and when they need them. The washing machine was to assist them to wash babies clothes. He appealed to the administrators to make judicious use of what has been donated to benefit their clients. Mr. Maximoore Owusu said they are looking forward to supporting other health care institutions in the country. The foundation has also supported schools in the Ashanti Region since children education is also high on the foundation’s agenda. He is appealing to cooperate Ghana to join hands with MSM Moore Foundation through partnership to reach out to the needy and the poor to better their lives.