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The Liaison group, a consortium of ethical mining firms working in selected forest reserves has come to the aid of the Sefwi Wiawso and Bibiani Municipal Hospitals where pregnant women and new bourn babies had to grapple with life threatening conditions.

The Babiani hospital for instance was heavily under resourced forcing medical staff to keep up to four babies in an incubator meant for one neonate.

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The Municipal hospital is also compelled to hold as many as twenty babies in a neonatal facility meant for 5 babies while a 50 bed capacity pediatric unit remains uncompleted…

Medical Superintendent for the hospital Dr. Akwasi Adu Gyamfi disclosed, “The place is small and the incubators are supposed to be one child to one incubator. But we have to put in three or four. When the place is full we have no option than to refer them to Komfo Anokye.”

“At times we have about twenty babies even though the place is designed for just five or six,” he lamented.

A member of the Liaison Group, Kinross Chirano Mines led by its Managing Director Mr. George Nutor, contributed neonatal and gynecological medical equipment worth 180 thousand cedis to the hospital with another tranche sent to the Sefwi Wiawso government hospital.

Receiving the equipment, Dr. Akwasi Adu Gyamfi pointed out that the hospital would be in the position to contain conditions that are unavoidably referred to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Regional Capital, if it had the full complement of both equipment and specialist staff.

The equipment included 3-crank fouler beds, wheelchairs, bedside lockers, treatment trolleys, infant swaddling tables, ambubags for infants and toddlers, fetal Doppler, nebulizers, blood pressure apparatuses, gynecological/suturing sets, IV stand and infant incubators.

Others were baby weighing scales, autoclave machines, phototherapy lights, suction machines, pulse oximeters, maternal examination couches, hospital infant baby cots and visitor’s bedside chairs.

Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a major block of the Liaison Group commended the consortium for showing the way for mining firms to contribute meaningfully to the development of their host communities.

Presenting the donations in the separate communities, Dr. Henry Kokofu empathized with residents of Sefwi Wiawso and Babiani whose mothers and children had to endure such life threatening conditions at the two hospitals.

“There is no reason why an expectant mother should suffer mortality when simple equipment could make a difference between saving a life and losing it, our babies are born to live, no matter the challenges,” he insisted.

Abontengdom Hene for Bibiani Nana Kwabena Akwabeng Gyamfi, demanded that the hospital staff endeavored to ensure the long life of the medical equipment.

The Liaison Group is a multi-stakeholder body of institutions responsible for the proper and sustainable management of mining operations within forest reserves in Ghana.

The institutions comprised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Forestry Commission (FC), Minerals Commission, Water Resource Commission, Chamber of Mines, and the Ghana Geological Survey Authority.

By: Ivan Heathcote – Fumador.