The Management of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have appealed to the government to refurbish and equip the facility to enable it function effectively.
The facility with a 21 bed capacity has only six incubators of which only three are functional.
Dr Lydia Bakya Nakotey, the Paediatrician in charge of the Unit, made the appeal when Bathe African Foundation for Premature Babies and Neonatal Care (AFPNC), a nongovernmental organization donated 20 students mattresses and bath kits worth GHȼ 3,000.00 to the facility as part of activities marking this year’s International women’s Day.
She said the facility is supposed to have a 24/7 doctor service but unfortunately the Unit did not have a doctor resting room to render such service.
He said most of the equipment at the facility were obsolete and being a referral unit it puts pressures on the few equipment available.
She appealed to other organizations to come to the aid of the facility in its effort to meet the needs of preterm and sick babies that patronize the facility.
She called on expectant mothers to attend to the instructions given during their antenatal clinics, as this she noted, would help with the early detection of pregnancy complications.
Ms Selina Bentoom, Executive Director of AFPNC, who presented the items, said her outfit would assist in refurbishing the Unit to meet the needs of preterm and sick babies in the Western Region.