Prestea huni-valley Municipal Assembly together with Wassa Hemaa Foundation, has commissioned an ultra modern One Storey Children’s Block facility at Prestea Government Hospital.
The project which started in 2018 was awarded to the Contractor, Emmanuel 2012 at a total project cost of about Ghc 600,000 and was funded by the Wassa Hemaa Foundation and MP’s NHIS Fund (2017 – 2020)
Statement by the Municipal Health Director Mr. Timothy Kobina Ofori, the Prestea Government Hospital is a Municipal Hospital and a referral center for Two Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty Eight (234,168) population of the Municipality and neighbouring Districts like Nzema East, Wassa Amanfi East and Wassa Amanfi West District, it’s also the referral center for Forty Six Thousand and Thirty Four Under five(5) years children in the Municipality and beyond. The hospital which also serve Nine Hundred and Sixty Seven (9367) Under One(1) year children could just accommodate and only boost of eighteen (18) bed capacity without incubators and other auxiliary equipment for the care of new born and children Under five(5) years and beyond. Thankfully, to some vision holders and people with foresight, especially the immediate past MP for Prestea Huni-Valley Constituency hon. Lawyer Barbara Oteng Gyasi for adopting and caring for the vision of constructing and rebuilding this new children’s Ward for the entire people of Prestea Huni-valley and it’s environs. The Children’s Ward can now boost of 28 new beds with Offices for staff, two incubators,18 baby cots, a scan machine, 3 physiotherapy machines, 4 sethoscopes, 2 digital weighing machines, 2 stretch beds , 20
ceiling fans and other auxiliary facilities such as lavatories , Nurses changing room , incubation rooms amongst others, we are more than grateful to all who made this vision becomes a reality, we are assuring you that, we will put the facility to the best use and maintain it to the benefits of our children in the Municipality and beyond, he assumed. As Oliver Twist always ask for more, he therefore call on all stakeholders in the Municipality and beyond to come to the aid of the health facilities in divers ways.
Speaking at the event, Hon. Lawyer Mrs Barbara Oteng Gyasi, the immediate past Member of Parliament and the president of the Wassa Hemaa Foundation expressed her gratitude to God, the Rebecca Foundation, the Contractor, the Municipal Assembly Works Department and the entire Hospital Management for their respective roles played to facilitate completion of such an iconic edifice which had taken immense sacrifice to execute.
She urged the Management of the Hospital to utilize the facility in accordance with her objective of “providing a facility that will host and provide all essential maternal and pedeatric healthcare services
for the well-being of women and children'”
She also encouraged Management to take good care of the facility in order for it to endure and serve mothers and children in the Town, Municipality and the Region generally.
She also apologized on behalf H. E Hajia Samira Bawumia , the Special Guest of Honour for her inability to attend and indicated that the Second Lady Hajia Samira Bawumia, has made arrangements for the Hospital to be provided with a new Ambulance which would be presented by her goodself next year as she had been informed the facility currently lacks an Ambulance.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Isaac Dasmasni (PhD) thanked the president of the Wassa Hemaa Foundation Hon. Lawyer Barbara Oteng Gyasi for her continuous effort and commitment towards the development of the Municipality and intimated that the Assembly as a matter of urgency would fully complete and handover the Emergency unit expansion works ongoing at the Hospital in due time. He called on Nananom to dedicate a new site to the hospital for future expansion works of the hospital and pleaded the authorities to take good care of the facility to help serve it purpose.
The Divisional Chief of Himan/ Prestea, Nana Nteboah Prah (IV) in his address noted that, Hon Lawyer Mrs Barbara Oteng Gyasi has been a beacon of development in the Municipality even as a former MP which was worthy of appreciation as being unprecedented and concluded by reiterating the popular wise saying that “the presence of a man is not well appreciated unless his absence is felt.” He charged Management of the facility to establish proper guidelines to ensure effective maintenance of the edifice to serve generations.
In attendance were The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Hon. Isaac Dasmani PhD, The president of Wassa Hemaa Foundation Hon. lawyer Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Nana Nteboah Prah (IV) the Divisional Chief of Human/Prestea and his elders, Municipal Health Director Mr. Timothy Kobina Ofori, Mr Gyamfi, FGR Community Affairs Manager, New Patriotic Party members led by Chairman Abiam Kuntu Danso, and representatives of other identifiable groups.