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Kokrokoo Charity Fuels Hope with 55th Incubator Donation

Lifesaving Initiative Boosts Neonatal Care Across Ghana

by Adenike Adeodun

The relentless endeavor of the Kokrokoo Charities Foundation, under the stewardship of its founder and Chief Executive Officer Kwami Sefa Kayi, has been a beacon of hope for countless preterm babies across Ghana. With a mission fueled by the tangible impact of their interventions, the Foundation’s dedication to enhancing neonatal care through the provision of infant incubators has saved many lives and underscored the critical importance of support for premature infants.

Since its inception, Kokrokoo Charities has made significant strides, donating an impressive total of 55 incubators to various health facilities nationwide. The latest beneficiary, the Ho Teaching Hospital in the Volta region, received its third infant incubator during a ceremony held on March 2, 2024. This gesture is part of a larger initiative that began in 2018 when the Foundation first extended its support to the hospital with the donation of two incubators. The continuous contributions of the Foundation have not only enhanced the capacity of the hospitals to provide specialized care for preterm babies but also highlighted the profound impact of philanthropy in healthcare.

The recent donation event was not just about handing over another piece of essential medical equipment; it also included the provision of two fridges, scraps, crocs, sanitary tissues, cover coats, and mobile phones, further supporting the hospital’s needs. These additional resources will undoubtedly aid the Paediatrics and Child Health Unit in offering comprehensive care to its youngest patients.

Mr. Sefa Kayi’s satisfaction in seeing the lives of preterm babies saved through the Foundation’s efforts is a testament to the deep emotional and humanitarian connection that drives the organization’s mission. Witnessing firsthand the survival and growth of infants who benefited from the incubators provides not only comfort but also a renewed sense of purpose and determination to continue this noble cause.

Acknowledging the importance of collaborative effort, Mr Sefa Kayi extended his gratitude to partners and friends who have supported the Foundation, particularly highlighting the contributions from Villandro Residence and Teddy’s Irish Pub and Lodge. Their support exemplifies the collective effort required to tackle the challenges faced by preterm babies and their families.

The impact of Kokrokoo Charities’ contributions is evident in the increased survival rates of preterm infants at the Ho Teaching Hospital, as noted by Dr. Richard Bright Danyoh, Head of the Paediatrics and Child Health Unit. With an average of 250 to 300 preterm births annually and now equipped with 11 incubators, the hospital has seen a notable improvement in the care and survival of these vulnerable newborns.

However, the journey does not end here. Dr Danyoh’s appeal for the establishment of a hostel facility to accommodate mothers of preterm babies highlights an ongoing need for comprehensive support that extends beyond medical care. Providing a place for mothers to stay close to their hospitalized infants could significantly alleviate the emotional and physical stress they endure, emphasizing the multifaceted approach needed to fully support preterm babies and their families.

The efforts of the Kokrokoo Charities Foundation and its partners shine a light on the power of community, philanthropy, and dedicated advocacy in addressing critical healthcare challenges. As the Foundation continues to champion the cause of neonatal care, its work serves as an inspiring example of how targeted support can make a profound difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of society. The call to action for more individuals and organizations to join this cause is clear, as the collective endeavor to provide for preterm infants and their families remains an urgent and noble pursuit.

Source: Graphic Online

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