Jay Foundation gives to Nsawam Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Nsawam General Hospital has received a generous donation from the Jay Foundation.
The NICU is a department in hospitals that caters for pre-maturely born babies and their nursing mothers before, during, and after birth.
The Jay Foundation led by Naa Kuorkor Mayne-Eghan, its founder, donated a Diaphragm, an electric suction apparatus, tissue, digital clinical thermometer, infant scale, antiseptic, sanitizers, kangaroo attires, and a trolley, amongst others.
The edibles included fruits, vegetables, crates of eggs, water among others.
Principal Nursing Officer at the hospital Augustina Amoah expressed excitement about the donation saying, “In-fact it’s good that you did this, because the neonatal intensive care needs so many things and it’s like every bit of the things that you brought are needed.
“The good book says that ‘as you’ve done for these little kids, you’ve done for me too’, so we are most grateful, you’ve done for the Lord.”
She also appealed to other individuals and bodies to make a move to support the unit.
She said that the unit is operating from a borrowed space in the maternity ward, and would need a permanent space. She said: “Our problem is that we need a space for our young babies to thrive, and we know that once you’ve started you are going to continue.”
Madam Amoah commented on the unpreparedness of preterm mother saying “some of these mothers come and they don’t have anything, at times they come in labour and they don’t even know that it’s a premature labour, so they even don’t get prepared before coming. So when they come and they don’t have anything we try to help them with food and water, etc.”
The medical officer at the unit Dorcas Agbeke Esinam said “it’s a lot to take care of preterm babies, and we need a bigger space. We need to take the word out there that these preterm babies are not just tiny babies that don’t have any use because the rate of preterm birth is going higher and we take care of a lot of them, so this is just a beginning of something and we hope that the word goes out there so that we get more than what we have now.”
Founder of the Jay Foundation appealed to government for survival surgical equipment. She added that the unit had only one incubator since its inception seven years ago, and so babies are rationed.
She said babies had to be flown abroad when they needed surgery, but if government can provide these equipment, it would save a lot of lives.
She explained that across the sub region there was no such equipment, and so if Ghana acquired them, the country could be a hub and destination across the region for these surgeries, so there would be no need traveling abroad at very high costs.
She said the foundation received donation from former education minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Bel-Aqua, Fanmilk, etc.
The Jay Foundation has already made similar donations at the Tema General hospital, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, and would in some weeks to come visit the Shai-Osudoku and Keta Hospitals.
The group aside making donations, repaired a long-time destroyed door lock to the nurses changing room, initiated the construction of a drawer for visiting mothers to drop off their items, as well as brought in a counselor to talk to the mothers in a bid to balance their mental orientation, as regards their premature babies.
Items donated included vegetables, fruits, baby wipes, provisions, napkins, sanitizers, bedsheets, pillow cases, baby clothing, amongst others.
Founder of the organisation Naa Kuorkor Mayne-Eghan and a mother to a pre-maturely born baby explained that the mothers were targeted on behalf of the babies.
She said that the mothers need to be fed well, in order to pump breast milk for the babies to grow well.
She added that babies in such condition needed to be taken care of with utmost care in order to avoid infection, hence the provision of sanitizers and the likes.
She said “To get enough breast milk you need to eat well. Occasionally we will drop food items for mothers in the kangaroo care unit. Our main objective is to adopt the whole unit and attend to their needs. But in the mean time we want to help the mothers.
“We will be bringing more items, because we were given a list. We intend to be donating often so that babies can survive” she added.
Professor Ebenezer Badoe, Head of the Child Health Department who received the items, described the donation as a tactical one.
He said “looks like a tactical donation which is tailored to our needs. It’s something that we have asked for a long time. You brought the right items and we are grateful.”
He added “we are so grateful for your kind thoughts, at least the mothers will know there are people thinking about them and care about them.”
The group made a similar donation at the Tema General Hospital early this year, and plans to visit other regions.
Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Senanu Damilola Wemakor