MTN Foundation continues to make impressive strides in its effort to help improve the lives of people wherever they are in Ghana. Although it has contributed substantially in many sectors of the Ghanaian economy, a focus on the health sector top the foundation’s agenda in 2016 where the Board as part of the 20th Anniversary of Scancom’s operations in Ghana, embarked on health segment legacy projects across the country to commemorate Ghana’s telecom giant’s anniversary with the construction of key health facility projects including a 40 beds Maternity Block for the Tema General Hospital.
According to officials, hospital Tema General Hospital is the third in Ghana with regards to deliveries and in 2015 alone the hospital delivered about 7,000 babies. With the availability of only 10 beds to accommodate patients with their new born babies, the maternity block in the midst of these challenges receives an annual visit of 12 thousand pregnant women.
During a trip to inspect the ongoing 40 beds Maternity Block project at Tema General Hospital in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, the Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation Cynthia Lumor told Biztechafrica how the plight of pregnant women came to their attention hence the move to offer assistance.
“MTN Foundation’s decision to build a maternity block for the Tema General Hospital was triggered by a television report that highlighted the struggle faced by institutions like Tema General Hospital trying to raise funds to complete lifesaving projects like this one. The Foundation team subsequently confirmed the need with Hospital authorities. A proposal was then submitted to the MTN Ghana Foundation board for consideration,” said.
The GHS 4.2 million facility project which started in November 2016 is expected to be completed in September 2017 to give great relief to many expectant mothers and staff of the Tema General Hospital.
According to Mrs. Lumor the Foundation has constructed and commissioned several projects aimed at improving maternal and child mortality across Ghana.
“Some of the projects include the provision of a 40-bed Neo-natal Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern Region; and construction of a 20 –bed maternity block, fully furnished with medical equipment and furniture for the Ejisu Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region,” she stated.
The MTN Foundation Executive Director promised to do more to support to support communities across country with more life changing projects. “Our mission after all is to make our customers lives a whole lot brighter, so interventions like this in the area of health, as well as other interventions in the area of education and economic empowerment will make the lives of people in our communities shine ever brighter,” she added.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana