The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has been adjudged the most outstanding health advocate political leader of the year 2018.
Mrs Akufo-Addo through her Rebecca Foundation has initiated a number of programmes to help boost healthcare delivery in the country.
The Media Men Ghana Ltd, organizers of the HELEH Africa Honours, presented a special edition 18 karat gold medal to Mrs Akufo-Addo in recognition of her immense contributions towards the quality of healthcare delivery and wellness in Ghana and in Africa.
The President and founder of HELEH Africa Foundation, Dr. Benedicta Ohene-Manu, presented the award to Mrs. Akufo-Addo.
The first lady said she was honored for the gesture and promised to do her best through her Foundation to help promote good healthcare delivery in the country.
For her part, Dr. Ohene-Manu said recognizing the efforts of the first lady for her role in promoting quality healthcare delivery and accessibility in Ghana was long overdue.
“Such a gesture from key stakeholders in the health industry, including receivers of healthcare and the practitioners of the health profession, to the first lady is long overdue, considering the very conspicuous benefits our country and Africa have been enjoying due to the contribution of first ladies such as Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings and Mrs. Dominique Ouattara of Ivory Coast has made to the health sector,” she stressed.
She also called on all future first ladies to emulate the prudent acts of Mrs. Akufo-Addo and the likes, so as to build a reliable quality healthcare delivery for the wellbeing of the continent.
Other awardees are the country director of UNAIDS, Madam Angela Treton Mbonde, who received the most outstanding health advocate diplomat award, and Mr. Kwame Sefa Kayi of Peace FM, who received the most outstanding health advocate journalist.
Mr. Kayi raises funds to provide incubators for hospitals across Ghana.
Speaking to the journalists after the awards, Dr. Ohene-Manu advised foreign diplomats to emulate Madam Angela Treton Mbonde to enhance healthcare delivery in Ghana and Africa since it will be their first point of call in terms of emergency.
She further asked the public to come up with initiatives to leave a legacy for the next generation and also help to give Ghana and Africa’s health sector a facelift.
Dr. Ohene-Manu said HELEH Africa Foundation was poised to promote the development of health in Africa with emphasis on Ghana.
The award has in the past honored personalities such as the heart surgeon and Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Republic of Cuba and Dr. Ola Brown of Flying Doctors, Nigeria.
By: Getrude Ankah Nyavi – www.graphic.com.gh