The 1975 Year Group of Wesley Girls High School Old Students Association gave a cheque for GHS100,000 to the Paediatric Society of Ghana (PSG) in support of the society’s campaign to raise funds for the purchase of phototherapy equipment for newborn jaundice care. President of Wesley Girls High School Old Students Association association Ms. Harriet Wereko-Brobbey expressed satisfaction that the group had provided its support to society.

“We are proud to support such a good cause by the Pediatric Society of Ghana in saving newborn babies…We decided to purchase one phototherapy machine for one of the regions, preferably Cape Coast (Central Region) because our school is located there. However, after the donation from the members, we had enough [funds] to purchase two. So, we purchased two, one for Central Region and the other for Western Region.

Ms. Harriet Wereko-Brobbey | President, Wesley Girls High School Old Students Association Association

Member of the 1975 Alumni Year Group and Past President of the Pediatric Society of Ghana (PSG) Prof. Bamenla Goka said the Group considered it a privilege to be able to contribute willingly towards the wellbeing of children in Ghana.

Prof. Goka noted that while newborn jaundice was one of the serious conditions that could contribute to high rate of diseases and death in children, very little was known about the disease and the havoc it could create in the lives of individuals, families and in Ghana as a whole. The 1975 Year Group of Wey Gey Hey hoped that the group’s initiative would encourage and energize action towards the purchase of more phototherapy equipment to treat newborn jaundice from various alumni year groups from other educational institutions, businesses and individuals.

Dr. Hilda Mantebea Boye, Vice President of the Pediatric Society of Ghana, received the cheque and thanked the GSA for the generous supporting the campaign to raise GHS800,000 in funds to purchase more phototherapy equipment for major health facilities in all 16 regions of Ghana. Dr. Boye appealed for more support:

“We are still seeking funds to make sure other regions are also supported because newborn babies are dying from jaundice, and that is the only way to reduce the rate of death… We hope that by the end of the year [2021], all hospitals, especially the major ones in the regions, will have at least one machine for early detection and treatment of jaundice in newborn babies”

Dr. Hilda Mantebea Boye | Vice President, Paediatric Society of Ghana

Dr. Boye encouraged all well-meaning organizations and individuals to get on board to make the dream a reality. She challenged individuals to use their birthdays as occasions to donate in support of the campaign to support the purchase of phototherapy equipment to treat newborn jaundice. Dr. Boye is also the Chairperson for the National Newborn Jaundice Awareness Month Celebration Committee.

Summary of information on newborn jaundice provided by Dr. Cyprian Birmeh, Chairperson for the Greater Accra Branch of Pediatric Society of Ghana:

Newborn jaundice is a liver condition that causes the yellowing of the eyes and skin of newborn babies. It is common in preterm babies but infection, medication or blood disorders may cause more serious cases. In most cases, treatment is not required because light therapy (phototherapy) could help resolve moderate or severe cases. Dr. Birmeh encourages all mothers to frequently bring their newborn babies outside the home to observe their skin and eye colour to check for visible symptoms. Dr. Birmeh also advises mothers and families of newborn babies to report immediately to nearby facilities for immediate diagnosis and treatment of their children to prevent brain damage and hearing impairment among other later effects.