First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has joined the children on admission at the Princess Marie Louis Children’s Hospital and their carers for their annual Christmas party.
Addressing the party, the First Lady extended the President and her season’s greeting to the children, and their appreciation to parents and staff of the hospital for their work which sometimes is under challenging circumstances and the sacrifices they make to ensure the kids are better.
She took the opportunity to make some remarks on nutrition and its importance to the health of children. She said that “there is overwhelming evidence that a significant number of Ghanaian children are malnourished with many suffering from anaemia.”
She entreated nursing mothers to breastfeed their children well saying that “one easy, simple and effective way of fighting malnutrition and anaemia is to encourage breastfeeding and ensure the appropriate nutritional foods as children grow.”
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She called on “all stakeholders to spread the gospel of breastfeeding and proper nutrition” adding that if appropriate nutrition for children is ensured, this will go a long way to improve childhood development and “help us build stronger future generations.”
Mrs. Akufo-Addo also indicated that following the completion of the Komfo Anokye Mother and Baby Unit, her “next project is at the Korle Bu children’s emergency ward and then hopefully we will look at other regions.”
She commended and thanked all partners and contributors of her various projects adding that without them she could not have executed these projects.
The First lady on behalf of The Rebecca Foundation and the Infanta Malaria Foundation donated assorted items including bags of rice, cartons of chicken and beef, packs of biscuits, cooking oil, soft drinks, bags of beans and other items as her contribution towards the kid’s party.