THE NKOSUOHENE of Kwahu Nkwatia who doubles as the Founder of Kabaka Foundation, Nana Owiredu Wadie, has constructed and handed over a multipurpose Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Complex to the Eastern Regional Health Director.
The newly constructed NICU Unit is made up of for components, Yaa Boatemma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which has 4 units thus a High dependency, low dependency, stable and isolation ward will provide 80 bed capacity.
Nana Owiredu Wadie, Kangaroo Mother Care Excellence Centre has 2 units in-patient adaptation ward has a 10 bed capacity whiles the out-patient unit will take 30 capacity.
The Yaa Boatemma Conference Centre can take up to 50 people at a time whiles the Opanyin Kwame Wadie Mother Hostel is a 40 bed capacity facility.
Commissioning the project at the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua to celebrate his birthday, Nana Owiredu Wadie, said when it came to his attention in last year that 31 infants per every 1,000 life birth die in Ghana due to the inadequate modern facilities for children.
According to the traditional office rulers, he became very worried when he heard the sad news and that he devised efforts to collaborate with the Ghana Health Service in the Eastern Region build the NICU Unit to help tackle this problem.
He noted that, the newly constructed NICU Unit in the Eastern Regional hospital be named after Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III the Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area.
Nana Owiredu Wadie who is the founder of Kabaka Foundation and also Kwahu Nkwatia Nkosouhene, used the occasion to assure that he will continue to pay the bills of all mothers at the Children ward who have difficulty paying their bills to mark his Birthday Celebration.
The Medical Director of Eastern Regional Hospital *Dr.Akoto Ampaw stated that demand for NICU service keeps increasing over the years at the hospital.
According to him, 2,617 admissions at NICU were recorded last year out of 5,175 deliveries through 2020 to 5,550 live births last year creating overcrowding in the old NICU facility.
For his part, the Eastern Regional Director of Health Dr. Winfred Ofosu said having a modern NICU Unit for the first time in a regional hospital in the Eastern region will improve access to new born care therefore mothers and families will not have to go through difficulties of transporting preterm babies over long distances going to Kole-bu or Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
He further noted that having the NICU Unit put up by Nana Owiredu Wadie it will help save new borns and also help reduce child maternal deaths.
He indicated that the region and Eastern region records 7.8 neonatal deaths out of every 1000 live births making it high above national rate, and that the new facility will save more lives in the region.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Seth Kwame Acheampong regretted that the region has lost to many children due to inadequate NICU care.
He therefore commended Nana Owiredu Wadie for being a beacon of hope for the future.