First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo on Wednesday inaugurated a 150-seat waiting lounge for visitors and relatives of incarcerated patients at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The waiting area, called “The Atlantic Lounge”, was built by the First Atlantic Bank, at the request of Ms. Akufo-Addo.
It is equipped with toilets and other ancillary facilities, including banking solutions.
It will benefit relatives of patients detained in the hospital’s emergency room – the emergency department, trauma department, and pediatric intensive care units.
Ms. Akufo-Addo, also Executive Director of the Rebecca Foundation, praised the First Atlantic Bank for its prompt response to its request to build a “beautifully comfortable waiting area” for visitors to the hospital with approximately 2,000 beds and nearly 1,500 visitors daily. .
She recalled that in May 2019, when she commissioned the Rebecca Akufo-Addo Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, built by the Rebecca Foundation, she noted with concern that the hospital did not have a decent waiting area for visitors and relatives of patients detained at hospital emergency departments.
The First Lady said she was saddened by the state of already traumatized relationships who had to wait under trees and other inconvenient places for news of their hospitalized loved ones.
So she decided to partner through her Foundation by calling on the First Atlantic Bank to provide a decent waiting area to provide comfort, security, peace of mind and protection from the vagaries of the weather to visitors and family members. from the hospital. customers.
“I have expressed my desire to find a solution for Dr. Okoe Boye, then chairman of the board of Korle Bu. We approached a number of corporate institutions, including the First Atlantic Bank, to build a waiting area for Korle Bu.
“Luckily, our proposal for a waiting area was in line with the Bank’s Corporate Social objectives. The CEO of the First Atlantic Bank recognized the immense relief such a project would bring to citizens who have to wait while their relatives and friends receive medical care,” said Ms Akufo-Addo.
The First Lady was therefore pleased that the facility was ready on time.
She instructed the hospital’s management to ensure that the place was properly maintained, and also pleaded with visitors to the facility to keep it clean and adhere to all hygiene protocols.
Mr Amarquaye Amar, Chairman of the Board of First Atlantic Bank, said the project fell within the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities and stated: “We are proud to have completed the construction of this attractive building in record time ; it is intended to serve as a modern, comfortable waiting area for families and friends of patients being cared for at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.”
He expressed hope that the lounge would remain “fit for purpose” to alleviate the distress and fatigue so often experienced by mothers, children and the public when visiting Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, Chief Executive Officer of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, expressed his gratitude to the First Lady and First Atlantic Bank management for the facility, which he said would greatly contribute to the comfort of family members and friends of patients in their emergency room.
After commissioning, Ms. Akufo-Addo visited the Rebecca Akufo-Addo Pediatric and Intensive Care Unit (PICU), also on the Korle-Bu Hospital grounds, to monitor the use and maintenance of the facility by patients and hospital management. to observe.
She expressed satisfaction with how well the facility had been maintained and encouraged the hospital’s management to continue its exemplary maintenance culture to ensure such facilities stood the test of time.
The First Lady reiterated the Rebecca Foundation’s commitment to promote the well-being of all Ghanaian women and children and said it would continue to work sincerely, in their best interests.