MTN Ghana foundation has donated equipment worth Ghs129,500 to the Kole – bu Maternity Block, 16th December, 2015.
Mr.Robert Kuzoe, the executive secretary of the MTN Ghana Foundation, noted that the foundation has a standing relationship with the hospital.
They provided support to the facility in 2009 following a request by the women’s caucus in parliament, in consultations with the MTN Foundation Board and a total of $600.000 was approved and was used to refurbish the center.
“We were very pleased to hear that from 2009 till date , about 26,919 babies have been delivered, indicating the positive impact of our investments into the facility” he said.
Six years on, MTN Ghana Foundation is at the Kor-Bu Maternity block again to make another donation aimed at re-equip the facility to help the smooth operation of the the department.
The items donated included, 8 mobile examination lamps, radiant warmers, 12 instrument trolleys, 6 multi-purpose delivery beds and suction machines.
presenting the items to the hospital, Mr.Kuzoe executive secretary pleaded with the authorities to ensure that proper maintenance culture is cultivated in order to prolong the life span of the equipment presented to them.
Professor Samuel Amenyi Obed, the head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology department who received the items on behalf of the unit, expressed their gratitude to MTN Ghana Foundation for their kind gesture.
According to him, the labor ward is where life begins by receiving new born babies. But the unfortunate thing is that, that same place serves as the battle field where mothers have to struggle for their survival during labor.
“If u look at maternal deaths, about 60% occur at the time of labor or soon after. Therefore, if we don’t have the equipment to take care of mothers at this critical periods, we may lose mothers as well as babies” he noted.
Professor Amenyi also said, stressed that the inability of the country to achieve the MDG goals 4 and 5 on health should push us to achieve the said targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
He therefore urged that as the targets set under the SDG’s are more than the MDG’s. all institutions, departments and citizens must work hard to ensure that Ghana achieves those targets.
Showering praises on MTN Ghana Foundation, Professor Samuel Amenyi Obed said the equipment will go a long way to ensure the safe delivery of babies as well as save lives of laboring mothers.