Friends of NICU, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has presented medical equipment and supplies to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) at a short ceremony in Accra.
The items donated included bleaches, medicated soaps, diapers, pampers, nose masks, rebreathers, and examination gloves, among others.
The group also presented a reception desk and money to the unit.
The exercise, which took place at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the hospital, was funded through contributions by the foundation’s members and some benevolent members of the group also provided food and drinks to the medical staff and mothers of hospitalised babies in the unit.
The donation was made on December 25, 2021, to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Essence of donation
At a brief presentation ceremony, the founder of the organisation, Mrs. Abena Afriyie Kwarkye Gyang, said the donation was the organisation’s token of giving back to society.
According to her, the exercise was held to alleviate the challenges faced by the unit in the discharge of its duties. “This foundation was established to support NICUs in the country; to also help pay medical bills of needy parents, and to be a support system to mothers as they navigate their journey in and out of the facility.”
She commended the support of the foundation’s members, individuals, and benevolent entities that made contributions to the project.
In an interview with Pen it TV, a Nursing Officer at the unit, Ms. Angela Sarpong, said the items came in handy and would go a long way to lessen the burden on the unit.
“The department is grateful for this gesture. The foundation has provided many of the things we were lacking. The hospital is doing its bit, and presentations like these support our cause in providing quality healthcare services,” she said.
She revealed that the unit still lacked some basic amenities and called on other individuals and groups to emulate the gesture by providing such items to the department.
“One of the most pressing needs of the unit that was a reception desk has been provided by the ‘Friends of NICU’ today. But needy mothers in the unit also need regular assistance to pay their medical bills,” she added.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Doris Cudjoe, revealed that the donation would help mothers cater for their wards admitted to the unit.
She thanked the foundation for the support and called on other organisations to assist financially handicapped mothers to foot their hospital bills.
The ‘Friends of NICU’ was established in 2018 when the first daughter of the founder was admitted at the same facility the donation was made.
Every year since then, the foundation supports the unit at Korle Bu and other hospitals to discharge their duties efficiently.
Neonatal refers to the first 28 days of life; a neonatal intensive care unit specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.