Ghana’s leading telecommunications company, MTN Ghana has taken another judicious step by visiting the Maternity Block of the Tema General Hospital, which the company constructed and donated by the MTN Ghana Foundation to the health facility last year.
The visit which was led by the Corporate Services Executive, MTN Ghana, Mr. Samuel Koranteng, was aimed at interacting with the Medical Team of the Block and also to ascertain how the GHS5.5m projected has contributed to maternal service delivery.
In an interview with the Corporate Services Executive, MTN Ghana, Mr. Samuel Koranteng, after the tour, he noted that the project was necessitated by a news item which highlighted the struggle faced by the Hospital to raise funds to complete its maternity ward.
This he said, and MTN Foundation took a giant step by constructing the Maternity Block to alleviate the extreme pressure on the hospital’s limited resources.However, exactly a year ago, this project was handed over to the hospital.
“So today, we are here as MTN Ghana Foundation because sustainability is one of the key things we look at in all the projects we do,” he stated.
We are extremely elated about how the facility has been kept clean and maintained well for the past 12 months now.
Besides, we are more than happy to know that this unit is impacting positively on deliveries for this hospital as well as mortality for mothers,” he said.
The Principal Nursing Officer and Unit Head, Labour Ward of the Maternity Block, Madam Joana Boakye, said, the new building has improved their service delivery tremendously; because it is spacious, and has enough beds, ultra-modern equipment, theatre among other things making their work much easier than before.
According to her, they were traumatised anytime a mother died during delivery.
“Many years ago the hospital could record as high as 40 maternal deaths in a year due to under-resourced labour ward, delayed reported cases among other factors.
Statistics available indicate that between January and August 2018, the facility recorded 20 cases but that has reduced to eight, same period this year.
Tema General Hospital for the first time in many years is witnessing a sharp decline in the maternal mortality rate.
Madam Joana Boakye, therefore commended MTN Ghana for embarking on such benevolent exercise to help save lives in the country.
MTN Foundation within 18 months built, furnished and handed over an ultra-modern 40-bed maternity block worth ¢ 5.5 million in 2018 to Tema General Hospital.
Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh