Business News of 2013-12-27

Japan supports two projects

A grant of $242,666 has been provided by the Japanese Embassy in Ghana to help two bodies in the country acquire healthcare facilities.

The Paediatric Unit of the 37 Military Hospital would be given $120,726 to enable it acquire neonatal ventilators and their accessories to save newborns that are in critical condition, while $121,940 would be used for the construction of a clinic and staff quarters for the people of Aneta-Yordanu in the Volta Region.

Both grants were provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP) scheme.

Neonatal ventilators for 37 Military Hospital

As a result of the financial assistance, the hospital will now have a well-equipped Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) by the middle of February 2014. The Paediatric Unit currently improvises with other equipment to save the lives of neonates.

Aside neonates, the ventilators will also help save the lives of children below the age of five.

A ceremony was held at the Japanese Embassy in Accra and the Project Director of the Centre for Pregnancy and Childbirth Education (CePACE), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), which solicited financial support from the Japanese Embassy in Ghana to help the hospital, Dr Genevieve Insaidoo, signed for the NGO, while the Charge d’Affaires of the embassy, Mr Shigeru Hamano, signed on behalf of the embassy.

Mr Hamano expressed the hope that the assistance would save the lives of newborns and gave an assurance that Japan would continue to partner Ghana to reduce childhood mortality rates in the country.

Dr Insaidoo said the CePACE was delighted to have secured the grant from the embassy and that the intervention by the embassy was “one of the means of reducing the staggering neonatal deaths in our country.”

She thanked the Japanese Government for its kind gesture and promised to ensure that the aim of the project was realised.

Help for Aneta Yordanu

The signing of the grant of $121,940 for the Aneta-Yordanu community was initialled on behalf of the embassy by Mr Hamano while the Executive Director of the The Needy Club of Ghana, an NGO, Apostle Killians Kwame Carr, signed on behalf of the NGO.

Currently, the Aneta-Yordanu community has no health facility, which has resulted in the residents of the community travelling between seven and 19 kilometres to access healthcare at the Anfoega Catholic Hospital.

This has put a lot of pressure on the hospital, hence the grant from the Japanese government will ease pressure on the hospital as well as bring healthcare on the doorstep of the community. The construction of the clinic and staff quarters will be completed in August 2014.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Dayi, Mr George Loh, and the District Chief Executive for North Dayi, Mr Stephen K. Timinca, expressed gratitude to the Japanese Government for its gesture.