MTN Ghana Foundation has put in place efforts to boost healthcare delivery in Ghana’s health sector through various interventions to ensure a very significant healthier society.
The Foundation has invested in about 52 major health projects which includes the construction and refurbishment of hospitals, wards, CHPS Compounds, equipments and support for special medical conditions.
Mrs. Georgina Asare-Fiagbenu, Senior Manager, Corporate Communication Department at the MTN Foundation, was speaking with Newsghana.com.gh after a day’s training workshop in Accra, organized by Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA), and sponsored by MTN.
“Over the past 10 years we have affected lives, and communities, we have refurbished hospitals, and improved access to health and education,“ Georgina noted.
She explained that, back in 2009, the MTN Ghana Foundation refurbished the second floor of the Korle-Bu Maternity Ward and stocked it with medical equipment by the strong request of the Women’s Caucus in Parliament.
The Board of MTN Ghana Foundation therefore did approved a $600,000 for the refurbishment. 11 delivery rooms, a theatre and a recovery ward, doctors’ restrooms, and a changing room were refurbished.
The Foundation also funded a 20-bed Maternity Block Project for the Ejisu Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region, at the cost of Gh¢240,676.
The project comprised the provision of beds and other medical equipment for the Labour ward, lying-in-ward, Doctors and Nurses resting room as well as Antenatal Clinic.
She said, as part of activities marked the celebration of the MTN Ghana Foundation’s eighth anniversary in December 2015, the Foundation re- equipped the second Floor of Korle Bu Maternity Ward with medical equipment worth Gh¢ 129,500 to ensure expectant mothers receives quality healthcare.
The equipments included, Eight mobile examination lamps, Radiant warmers, 12 instrument trolleys, Six multifunction delivery beds and Suction machines.
“The Foundation in demonstrating its continuous commitment to reduce infant mortality in the country, it took another bold step to construct an ultra-modern 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) in the Northern Region.
The facility worth Gh¢ 335,000, has two incubator rooms, a milk room, crib room, Kangaroo mother care room, tutorial/conference room, nurses and doctors stations and rest rooms,” She said.
It then again, constructed a Gh¢ 200.000 accident and emergency centre for the Atua Government Hospital at Atua in the Lower Manya Krobo District, which had various sets of theatre equipments and other accessories needed to provide necessary emergency care for patients.
Employee volunteers of MTN Ghana Foundation in last year, also distributed hampers worth GH¢36,000 to over 200 babies born on Christmas day across the country.
Each of the hampers comprised blankets, diapers, towels, shawls, bibs, toiletries, clothes and other baby essentials to mothers in 11 hospitals in four regions of Ghana. Amazingly, Mothers with multiple births were given hampers for each baby.
“As an African company, we should be able to invest back into our communities, because these people gives us their support and patronize our services, and once we are able to make the profit, we believe that we should share part of the profit with them,” Mrs. Asare-Fiagbenu emphasised.
She indicated that, they have impacted many more lives and communities immensely over the decade, having refurbished hospitals, improved access to better healthcare for the people and many other impacting projects, and still counting.