The construction of the NICU was the initiative of Mr Kwaku Asamoah and Mr Kwasi Adu-Ntiamoah, both members of the Kwahu Development Association, who appealed to the chamber for assistance.
Inaugurating the centre on behalf of the United States Ambassador in Ghana, Mr Gene Cretz, the acting Deputy Chief of Missions, Madam Sara Stryker, said the US would continue to assist Ghanaian communities, taking into consideration the cordial relations between the US and Ghana.
She was hopeful that the facility would be well utilised for the benefit of sick new-borns.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr S.K. Buaben Frempong, said the inauguration of the NICU would save the lives of sick babies and those born prematurely.
He expressed his appreciation to the American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana for its assistance and appealed to the US Embassy to help rehabilitate the Pediatric, Maternity and Labour wards which were put up many years ago.
The President of the chamber, Mr Philippe Ayivor, said the support was in line with the social responsibility initiative of the chamber to improve health care for the people of the area.
A representative of the Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Mr Asare Bediako, urged people to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), so that they could be catered for free of charge at the hospital.
Story by A. Kofoya-Tetteh