Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, wife of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, has shockingly hailed efforts by the John Mahama government, especially the Ghana Health Service (GHS), to reduce the high mortality rate in the country.
According to her, community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS), established in various districts in the country, have significantly improved child healthcare, compared to other interventions.
This is contrary to the posture of her husband, Nana Addo, who sees nothing good in the present government and even the one before it; the Mills government. Indeed, he referred to the late President John Evans Atta-Mills, as “Professor Do Little”.
But Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who was speaking at a fundraising event organized by VLISCO, to finance the building of a Community Health Planning Service in Adenkerebi in the Ga East Municipality, disagrees with the government.
The Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation, is a non-Governmental organization founded in 2005 with membership drawn from Ghanaian women and women from different countries resident in Ghana which aims at a goal of combating malaria through collaboration with leaders in malaria research and through educational and social projects across urban and rural areas in Ghana.
According to Mrs. Akufo-Addo, the evidence of the work done by Infanta Malaria to help women and children under five years to get immediate malaria treatment, is evident from the first CHPS clinic built in Kobedi in the Brong Ahafo region.
“In 2012, before the CHPS clinic was built in Kobedi, the infant mortality rates was 50 per one thousand births,” she said.
She added that, one year after the CHPS clinic was built that mortality rate dropped to seventeen per one thousand births, which was seen as a significant statistic in the foundation’s goal to lower the rate to zero or one per one thousand births.
The Managing Director for Vlisco, Mr. Kofi Boateng said that Vlisco was doing their best to help this cause because women and children are very important and they look forward to continuing the work with the foundation and encourage more people and other organizations to come on board to make Ghana a malaria-free country.
The ceremony, was climaxed by the auction and bidding from designers like She, Aya Morrison, Seyi Jones, Duaba Seewa, Nkya Designs, April Rust etc, who donated their services for the fund raising fashion show.