The Government of Japan, under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) scheme, is funding the renovation of Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital with a grant of GHÂÂ¢225,034.30 ($121,051).
The project, being implemented by the health facility, would ensure the renovation of Mother and Children Care Unit for Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital "at it premises.
Signing the grant in Accra, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Mr. Naoto Nikai explained: "The grant entails funding for the renovation works of the maternal and child unit of the hospital, the construction of a waiting shed of patients and provision of furniture and medical equipment".
After completion, the hospital envisions offering better health care to over a hundred female and child daily, he added.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital was established in 1939, during which time it served as the regional hospital until 1998.
Currently, as a primary health facility, it is limited by inadequate space and equipment to meet the antenatal needs of it metropolis.
In this regard, the Embassy of Japan was more than willing to extend its support to the hospital. With additional rooms, the hospital can provide individualized and focused care to its patients, Mr. Nikai noted.
He was quick to add: "The hospital will also be able to accommodate increased daily antenatal attendance and patient can have enough privacy during their focused examination .Since the Ghana four to sir times during their term, improved facilities will ensure safe pre and post natal care for both mother and the new born".
The Japanese Ambassador commended the effort of the development partners notably Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital and Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly in ensuring the project becomes a reality.
Together, this noble cause will contribute to achieving Ghana's development targets in improving access to maternal and child care country wide, he indicated.
The Medical Superintendent of the Cape Coast Municipal Hospital, Dr Dzifa Gademor Demanya revealed that the Metro hospital is the referral Health facility for the people of the Cape Coast metropolis, which has a population of about 159,205 according to the 2010 population census.
In the year 2012 about 100,000 clients visited the hospital .Out of the figure above, 30,000 i.e. about 30% were women who either attended Antenatal, CWC, Post Natal care. These are the women who will benefit from his facility, he explained.
Taking cognisance of all the facts above, the hospital last year applied to the Japan Embassy through their Grassroots programme for a grant to rehabilitate the abandoned surgical ward and construct a 100-seater shed.
This structure, which will consist of 14 rooms and a shed for clients, will enable us to actually put into practice and achieve the full benefits of Focus Antenatal. The structure is also going to be fully equipped and furnished.