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Ms. Bentum presenting the items to Dr. Pampari
The African Foundation for Pre-mature Babies and Neo-natal Care on Monday, 7th September, 2020 donated items towards the care for pre-term, sick and small babies to the Father Thomas Alan Rooney Memorial Hospital in Asankragwa.
The donation was made possible after the Joy News Channel highlighted the plight of the facility in a story months ago after a staff of the hospital had reached out, following a donation to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital by the AFpnc.
In presenting the items, Ms. Selinaa Bentum, the Executive Director of the foundation, was hopeful that the donation of embrace warmers to the hospital will go a long way to help save the lives of babies born pre-term, sick and small. Embrace warmers help keep babies warm for up to 24 hours after they are born, solving the issue of hypothermia in pre-mature, sick and small babies.
She also indicated the donation was part of the bigger picture and so it was to alleviate the current situation while plans are ongoing to have in place a fully equipped neo-natal care unit. A mother of a pre-term child herself, she knew what it felt like to have a child fight for his or her life right from delivery and started the foundation to help other babies survive.
Dr. Steve Pampari, medical superintendent and Mr. Ernest Abeka Aidoo, chairman of the hospital board, were grateful to AFpnc for honouring their pledge to support the facility in helping pre-term, sick and small babies have a higher survival rate.
The chief of the area bemoaned the state of the roads within the catchment and said health care access would be better if government ensured the roads were in a better state than currently. He also appealed to the diocese and the general public to expand and give old units of the hospital a facelift as it served a catchment area of about 100 miles .
The Fr. Thomas Alan Rooney Memorial hospital was built in 1954 and managed under the Diocesan Health Service of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi and is a 113-bed facility. It serves as a referral centre for cases from Enchi, Samreboi, private facilities within the catchment area, etc.
Department for Social Communications
Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi

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