The nets were distributed to pregnant women and nursing mothers who are at both the labour and maternity wards of the hospital.
World Malaria day which fall on 25th April of every year, is celebrated to recognize efforts being made globally to fight malaria and provide education and understanding of malaria as a global plague that is preventable.
This year’s event will be held under the theme, “End Malaria for Good.”
Doing the donation, Acting Corporate Service Executive of MTN, Mr Samuel Koranteng said, MTN has decided to embark on the project in fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility pledge and also to add to the fight against Malaria.
According to him, it is estimated that malaria has been a major cause of poverty and low productivity, accounting for about 32.5% of all OPD attendances and 48.8% of under five years admissions, hence their gesture.
He noted that Malaria Day provides an opportunity for governments and other partners of the health sector to provide support in fighting malaria and also generate dialogue that places of interest on the treatment and cure for malaria.
Samuel Koranteng also mentioned that, MTN believes that, once malaria is reduced, pressure on the nation’s health facilities will also reduce and productivity will be boosted since less resources will be needed or spent on to drive malaria elimination campaigns.
“To mark this year’s World Malaria Day, MTN staff volunteers will distribute more than 300 Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) to pregnant women in Tema General Hospital, Tafo Government Hospital, Bolga Government Hospital, Dixcove Hospital and the Cape Coast Hospital on Monday the 25th of April 2016.
… Tied to the distribution of the nets is MTN’s internal staff fundraising project dubbed, “Buy a Treated Net to save a life”. For every net a staff donates, the MTN Ghana Foundation will add two nets. ,” he explained.
He said, MTN Ghana Foundation has been a proud contributor to Ghana’s health sector through various interventions to ensure a relatively healthier society.
In the fight against malaria, the MTN Ghana Foundation has engaged in a number of activities over the years.
These include, Indoor Residual Spraying, spraying of gutters and drains in various communities and the distribution of ITNs in partnership with various NGOs across the country.”
The efforts being put in place by the MTN Ghana Foundation to maximize the delivery of healthcare in Ghana are very significant.
Samuel Koranteng said, the MTN Foundation has invested in over 50 major health projects which includes the construction and refurbishment of hospital wards, CHPS Compounds and support for special medical conditions.
In December 2015, the Foundation reequipped the 2nd Floor of Korle Bu Maternity Ward with medical equipment to ensure expectant mothers receive quality healthcare.
The Foundation also constructed a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the Tamale Teaching Hospital to give a new lease of life to neonates in the northern part of the country.
Receiving the donation, the Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Adusei thanked MTN Foundation and staff for the donation and added that, though some progress are made in bringing down the rate of malaria, more needs to be done in terms of finding other ways of eradication.
He added that, Ghana must double its efforts in eradicating malaria and appealed to MTN to assist the hospital in other areas so as to improve on service delivery.