First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, commissioned the refurbished Ussher Polyclinic and Jamestown Maternity Theatre in Accra.
The facility, which will serve residents of Ga Mashie and its environs consist of a state-of-the-art surgical theatre, fully equipped intensive care unit, new wards, a modern client waiting areas and staff areas, amongst others.
Delivering her keynote address, Mrs Akufo-Addo who is also the Founder and Chief Patron of The Rebecca Foundation said making healthcare accessible was essential to the development of the country and it was an obligation of government to provide sustainable quality healthcare to all citizens.
She stressed the need to shift the focus of healthcare from treating sickness to maintaining wellness and good health adding that treating a full-blown illness was more costly than prevention or early treatment.
She urged Ghanaians to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and staying fit both physically and mentally.
” The truth is that there is a lot of gains we can make by preaching and practising preventive healthcare. The old proverb, ‘Prevention is better than Cure ‘ still rings true today. A major cornerstone of preventive healthcare is the food we eat. We should all endeavour to maintain a balanced diet, I encourage all Ghanaians to eat and feed their children with nutritious local foods. Let’s eat more fruits when they are in season and encourage households to plant their vegetables and other foods, ” she said.
” I encourage women to go for cervical and breast cancer testing and know their HIV status. Every mother must ensure that her children are vaccinated, I encourage our men to go for regular check-ups. We must all avoid lifestyle choices and habits that can cause damage to our health. Let’s stop smoking, consuming too much alcohol, sugar and salt and maintain a healthy weight and get enough rest, ” she added.
Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo also called on the management of the facility; the Ghana Health Service as well as community members to put in place appropriate strategies to protect the facility from deteriorating and ensure that they are kept in the best possible conditions at all times.
The First lady expressed appreciation to GCB Bank for rehabilitating the facility through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and called on other corporate bodies to emulate.
She later donated surgical and orthopaedic consumables, neurosurgery consumables and equipment, paediatric and delivery beds, medical-surgical emergency equipment, O & G equipment and consumables Dental equipment and consumables as well as E & T equipment and consumables CHIP Compound consumables and TB equipment and consumables.
Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, in a welcome address noted that the rehabilitated facilities would go a long way to improve health care in the Ashiedu Keteke Sub-Metro.
He felt nostalgic about his return to the facility where he was given birth to and express confidence that with the availability of modern equipment and a new ambulance for the community lives would be saved.
“Her Excellency it will interest you to know that some 45 years ago my parents gave birth to me at this particular hospital. This clinic served as the most important health facility for the people of Ashiedu Keteke.
The past administration decided to support us with a hearse to carry dead bodies to Awudome. Today, His Excellency the President of Ghana is giving us an Ambulance that will rather carry the injured and sick so that they can be safe, ” he said.
Managing Director of GCB Bank, Mr Anselm Ray Sowah in an address explained that the clinic was ” upgraded, expanded and modernized to cater adequately for the critical health needs of both residents and non-residents to obviate the need for mass referrals to compound the pressures already faced by major hospitals like Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Ridge Hospital.”
He pointed out that GCB Bank was cognisant of Government’s efforts at ensuring the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals on Health by 2030 and pledged his outfits support in that regard.
The clinic established in 1963 serves a majority of the residents of the Ashiedu-Keteke sub metro of the Greater Accra region and had seen very little renovation and was approaching a state of dilapidation with leaking roof, malfunctioning washrooms, lack of adequate clinical equipment to work and a generally unhealthy environment before the commencement of the renovation.
The occasion was also used to out-door the Odododiodioo constituency’s newly allocated Ambulance under the “One constituency one ambulance” programme.