The Japan Embassy and Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital on Monday signed a grant totaling $121,051.00 for the renovation of the Mother and Child Care Unit of the hospital.
The amount, which is approximately 225,034.30 Ghana cedis, is part of Japan’s Grant Assistance for the Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) Scheme.
Mr Naoto Nikai, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, at a short ceremony in Accra, explained that the grant entailed funding for the construction of a waiting shed for patients and the provision of furniture and medical equipment.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital, whose establishment since 1939 has served as a Regional Hospital until 1998 when it became a primary health facility, was faced with inadequate space and equipment to meet the antenatal needs of its metropolis and the large number of patrons.
He said the Embassy was more than willing to extend its support to the hospital to improve upon its specialised and focused care to patients.
The hospital would be able to accommodate the increased daily antenatal attendance and patients can have enough privacy during their focused examination to facilitate safe pre and post-natal care for both mother and the new born.
He said the GGHSP scheme which was established in Ghana in 1989 had to date supported a total of 238 projects country wide.
He commended the efforts of all development partners, the Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital and the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly in ensuring the execution of the project.
Dr Dzifa Gademor Demanya, Medical Superintendent, Cape Cost Metropolitan Hospital, thanked the Ambassador and the people of Japan for the show of love to the people of Ghana.
She indicated that the Hospital currently served as a referral health facility for the Cape Coast Metropolis serving a population of about 159,205 according to the 2010 population census.
She said in the year 2011, total deliveries were 1536 and 1960 in 2012.