The Auburn University Outreach Global and the School of Nursing (Auburn University) have adopted the Pediatric Unit of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital. With this arrangement, the Auburn University will renovate and resource the unit into an international standard to support its service delivery.
This is an initiative taken by the Member Parliament for Sekondi, Andrew Egyepa Mercer to improve the health and wellbeing of the people within the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis and the Western Region at large.
It is a second yet promising exercise resulting from a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Member of Parliament and the university last year.
On Sunday March 10, 2019 an official ceremony was held at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital to outdoor the initiative.
Coordinator for Auburn University Outreach Global, Dr Elizabeth Essumah-Quansah-Quansah said the support was informed by a need assessment taken on the facility by the university some time ago.
“It was after our needs assessment and talking to some of the nurses and doctors… it was clear that we needed to focus our attention on pediatric unit instead of being general and giving resources, supplies to the general Effia Nkwanta unit. We wanted to make sure that everything that we are doing, in terms of healthcare supplies, books will go directly to the kids in the pediatric hall. There is a lot over there, and so we hope to ship more stuff including, healthcare equipment and books”, she explained.
She added that “we will be painting that place and we coming hopefully next year, you will be interviewing us about the painting of the pediatric unit. We also hope to get some funding to financially support the unit. So this is all our commitment to Western Region, especially Sekondi”
Acting Medical Director at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Dr Sampson Sarpong was grateful for the gesture.
“We will continue to collaborate with you so that we will be able to reach a lot of people in the city of Sekondi – Takoradi metropolis, so that they will also get the healthcare that they need” Dr Sarpong noted.