Seventeen mothers discharged after humanitarian assistance

Accra, May 4, GNA – Seventeen nursing mothers of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital were on Friday discharged after their one month stay in the hospital for their inability to pay their medical bills.

This follows the settlement of their bills totalling GH¢3,200.00 by the Voices in Worship (VIW), a youth choir of the Royal House Chapel, in Accra.

Out of the number 10 came from the Maternity Department while the other seven were patients of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Pastor Albert Nii-Tettey Ayittey, the Assistant Choir Director of VIW, presented the money to Madam Mary Fiakpui, the Deputy Director of Nursing Services, Obstetric Department, and Mrs Rejoice Abiwu, the Principal Nursing Officer and Matron In-charge of NICU.

Pastor Ayittey said it was part of the group’s social responsibility to respond to the needs of the less-privileged in society.

He said for the past four years, VIW had been assisting mothers who were not able to settle their bills upon being discharged due to economic hardship.

‘In May 2011, we came to Korle-Bu for a clean-up exercise and through our interactions with management it was discovered that there were mothers who could not be discharged because they couldn’t pay their bills.

‘The youth choir, therefore, took the initiative to raise money for those mothers to be discharged by settling their bills,’ Pastor Ayittey told the Ghana News Agency in an interview.

He said the presentation was done in a significant way that would touch lives and benefit the less-privileged mothers as well as generations to come.

‘As we have done this, a woman is smiling somewhere just because we have been responsible,’ he said.

Pastor Ayittey Nii-Tettey, who is also the Vice President of the Youth Ministry of the Church, advised the public to reach out to the needy saying; ‘let’s reach out freely because this is what God has blessed us to do,’ he said.

He thanked VIW members for their kind gesture that showed commitment to a deserving cause by giving back to the community and children in particular.

Madam Fiakpui and Mrs Abiwu thanked the VIW for its support and appealed to other corporate bodies to emulate their kind gesture and support the mothers to meet its needs.

They expressed happiness at the continuous speedy response over the years by VIW to the distressed call and also expressed their gratitude to Royal House Chapel for such a Godly assistance.

They appealed to the public to help the hospital in the areas drugs and equipment and called on relatives not to abandon their relatives in hospital.


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