In line with efforts to help mitigate infant mortality in Ghana, staff of CalBank has handed over a set of newborn care equipment to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the St. Martins De Porres Hospital at Eikwe in the Western Region of Ghana. This makes it the second presentation in the newborn care program recently adopted by the bank and is being driven primarily by the staff.
The equipment, manufactured by General Electric, comprised a Giraffe Carestation Incubator, Lullaby Infant Warmer Prime, Lullaby LED Phototherapy Unit and Bag and Mask Resuscitator.
Speaking at the presentation of the equipment to the management of the hospital, Head Corporate and Investor Relations at CalBank, Dzifa Amegashie remarked, ‘CalBank is a bank with a social conscience and is passionate about developing the communities in which we operate.
Over the years, CalBank has invested in educating needy but brilliant children. The bank, through the efforts of its staff, is supporting healthcare in deprived areas specifically to mitigate the startling mortality on the outcomes of babies born prematurely in Ghana. As part of our partnership with GE, they will train and provide maintenance service under warranty for a three (3) year period’.
Head of Clinical care at the St. Martins De Porres Hospital, Dr. Jerry Eshun commended staff of CalBank for their kind gesture. According to him, ten (10) – fifteen (15) babies on the average are delivered prematurely at the hospital each month. Out of this, typically three (3) of them die. He explained that in the Western Region, St. Martins De Porres Hospital seems to be the only facility with a functional Neonatal Care Unit. The hospital also serves as the referral point for hospitals in areas such as Half-Assini, Axim and various sub districts.
He was thrilled with the partnership between CalBank Staff and GE and expressed the need for more incubators to meet the district’s growing needs in order to prevent nursing preterm babies outside the incubator.
Dr. Eshun stated that the equipment would be put to proper use and commended GE for the training and maintenance support. “We assure the CalBank, that this state-of-the-art equipment will be used judiciously to save the lives of neonates in the district. On behalf of the Medical Director and management of the facilty, we say a big thank you to staff of CalBank for this kind gesture’’.
Estella Anku-Kidd, member of GE Healthcare’s Primary and Referral Team, acknowledged GE’s commitment to improving the lives of newborn babies around the world through their healthcare solutions and collaborative partnerships like the one they have with CalBank. She stated that in addition to the provision of the medical technology, they have trained fifteen (15) hospital staff and they will service and maintain the equipment for the next three (3) years. She concluded, ‘’we have a team on stand by and with the enthusiasm we’ve seen in the staff of the Neonatal Care Unit, we are confident that CalBank made the right choice in procuring our solution for the St Martins de Porres Hospital to support you serve the community. So call us anytime.’’
The bank has committed resources in enriching lives in the community as they form the foundation for social economic developments. Last year, management and staff of the bank also handed over a set of three (3) Neonatal equipment to the Intensive Care Unit of the Children’s Ward at the New Tafo Government Hospital in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This was made possible through contributions by staff.