The Mother and Baby Unit of the Komfo Teaching Hospital has been named after the late mother of Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II.
The facility has been christened Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II by the First Lady of the Republic, Rebecca Akufo-Addo who believes Asanteman has done what Napoleon couldn’t even do for her, her husband and the New Patriotic Party.
The colourful event which sampled dignitaries from far and near places was also hugely participated by residents of the Garden City, Kumasi, this morning.
Lady Julia Osei Tutu represented her husband, Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the ceremony.
Delivering her speech, the First Lady explained what fired her up to take up such a huge and herculean challenge. She could not fathom why expectant mothers and their babies should continue to perish in this day and age, and felt something could be done to salvage the situation. She also extolled the immense contributions made by her partner, Mrs. Samira Bawumia who, she said, has been a strong tower for her in this decision to construct the facility to end the spate of deaths experienced by pregnant women and babies in that part of the region.
The First Lady also had this to say
“We are better together, we are capable of resolving our challenges. Gender, tribe, religion, political affiliation, age and economic status do not matter. A people united with a common purpose, for the common good is all that we need to develop our country” the First Lady said.
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The decision to name the Mother and Baby Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital came naturally to Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo as she felt the late queen mother of Asanteman deservingly qualified to have the edifice in her memory.
Seth Kwame Boateng of Multimedia was also honoured at the event for publicizing the problems the people were confronted with. A very nicely and soothingly crafted citation was read in his honour.
The First Lady also urged the general public and political activists not to see the media as an enemy in our developmental agenda.
“The media is a powerful tool to shine a light on society. Often we see the media as overly intrusive and judgmental of us especially when we are in positions of power. But as we saw, with the role Multimedia played, the media is a powerful tool for national development” the First Lady stressed.
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