ACCORDING to French-German Theologian, Albert Schweitzer (14 January 1875 – 4 September 1965), “the purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to keep others.”
THE above quote is exactly what Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, epitomises.
WITHIN a space of one year Mrs Akufo-Addo has contributed her quota towards the development of this country.
HER organisation, The Rebecca Foundation, has undertaken several socio-economic projects that are inuring to the benefit of the masses of this country.
ONE such project, executed by the Rebecca Foundation, is the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
THIS was a project that was started and completed by her Foundation following a Joy FM news documentary in March 2017, which documentary revealed an alarming rate of mortality at KATH as a result of congestion.
IN that documentary, it came to the public space that babies at the KATH were sharing a cot.
THAT worrying situation is what moved the First Lady to come in with her Foundation to help.
TODAY due to the benevolence of The Rebecca Foundation, KATH now has a state-of-the-art Maternity Block, a project that had been abandoned since 1974.
NO wonder the facility is helping to reduce the mortality rate of mothers and babies at the hospital.
ACCORDING to the First Lady, a similar project will be built at the country’s premier hospital, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra
ASIDE from the MBU at KATH, the Foundation has also started a Women’s Empowerment Programme called “Telema” aimed at improving the skills of women and their economic status, which ultimately will help bridge the gender gap.
ALREADY, we have been told that some 200 women in the Eastern and Northern Regions have been provided with skills to help improve their businesses.
AND as part of her efforts to help develop this nation, Mrs Akufo-Addo has called on the media to support in the fight against malaria, which is one of the killer diseases in other parts of the world.
IN fact, it is in the light of the above that Weekend Today is using this medium to commend the First Lady and her Foundation for their service and dedication to Mother Ghana.
WE encourage her to continue her good works towards touching lives of the many impoverished in our society, especially women.
ON our part, we at Weekend Today want to assure the First Lady that we are ever ready to collaborate with her to ensure that particularly her agenda ensuring quality healthcare and gender parity are achieved to the benefit of Ghanaians.