The Tema General Hospital has expressed appreciation to First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, for spearheading the rebuilding of the facility into new state-of-the-art complex to cater for its huge catchment area population.
The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Richard Anthony, paid glowing tribute to Mrs Akufo-Addo for working behind the scenes to ensure the hospital complex project became a reality, following an appeal made to her in 2016.
According to Dr. Anthony, staff were awaiting President Akufo-Addo to cut the sod for the new hospital. He made this statement during the visit by the First Lady, who donated medical logistics to the facility.
The hospital, which was constructed in 1954 and handed over to the government in 1962, serves a population of close to one million people in Tema and its catchment areas, bordering Akosombo and Ada.
Dr Anthony thanked the government for making it possible for the hospital and staff to benefit from the several social interventions put in place to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the people. He also thanked the First Lady for donating the logistics to the hospital.
“Tema General Hospital is one of the hospitals which receives tremendous support from government and also through the COVID-19 Trust fund…” he stated.
According to him, there is also an Ayalolo bud that conveys the workers from and to the hospital at a reduced fare. It also picked staff free of charge at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the part of the first lady, Mrs Akufo-Addo said the Rebecca Foundation would continue to support such institutions to enable them provide quality services to the people.
She said the Foundation, which was set up in 2017 to support the well-being of women and children in the areas of health, education and women’s economic empowerment, had made significant impact in the lives of many Ghanaian women and children, emphasizing that “Our footprints in health has been seen in all 16 regions of Ghana. “
She thanked the donors and partners of the Foundation for making it possible for her “even in this COVID-19 times to continue to support our health sector”.
The First Lady commended the staff of Tema General Hospital for their sacrifices and commitment and being at the frontline, ensuring that citizens were safe during the pandemic.
Present at the ceremony were Mr Titus Glover, MP for Tema East Constituency, Mr Yves Nii Noi Hanson, Parliamentary candidate for Tema Central as well as party faithful and sympathizers who thronged the hospital to cheer the first lady on.