Tema General Hospital new maternity block delivers 525 babies

Some nursing mothers at the delivery ward

Some nursing mothers at the delivery ward

A total of 525 babies have so far been delivered at the new ultra-modern maternity block constructed by MTN Ghana for the Tema General Hospital since it became operational in August.

 

Though the deliveries included more than 100 cases of caesarian sections no maternal death has been recorded.

 

A Senior Nursing Officer at the facility, Alice Amanor, disclosed this yesterday during a follow up visit to the facility by media personnel organised by MTN Ghana, to find out how the facility was impacting on service delivery at the hospital and whether personnel had any challenges.

 

MTN Ghana on July 2, this year, handed over the 40-bed maternity block worth GH¢5.5 million to the Tema General Hospital in replacement of the old and often congested maternity block.

 

The facility comprised labour and post caesarian wards, theatre, nurses station and changing rooms, sluice rooms, two consulting rooms, two doctor’s offices and restrooms, washrooms and reception.

 

It is equipped with gadgets such as theatre operating bed, anaesthesia machine, diathermy machine, incubator, baby cot, patient monitors, infusion pump, vital signs and radiant warmer among others.

 

Madam Amanor said it was a delight to work in the facility because the available equipment and the layout enabled personnel to provide fast intervention in all situations.

 

She noted that as a result of the improvement in the hospital many pregnant women preferred to deliver there and that had increased client calls to 25 per day compared to between 10 and 15 in the old maternity ward, and praised MTN Ghana for the intervention.

 

A mother, Elizabeth Commey, who delivered an hour earlier, and had come from Amasaman, said she decided to come to deliver there to avoid the challenges with water and lack of beds facing the Amasaman Hospital.

 

Another mother on admission, Felicia Agyemang, comparing her experience to what she went through when she delivered at the hospital three years ago said, “It is unbelievable, it feels like I have delivered in heaven.”

 

The Medical Director of Tema General Hospital, Dr Kwabena Opoku Adusei, noted that the new maternity, apart from improving service delivery was attracting many more expectant mothers to the hospital.

 

He therefore appealed to government to expedite action to complete the stalled theatre, three-storey maternity and other projects to enable the hospital serve the more than 900,000 in its catchment area.

FROM GODFRED BLAY GIBBAH, TEMA.

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