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The MTN Foundation has handed over a GH¢5.5 million ultra-modern Maternity Block to the management of the Tema General Hospital.
Facilities in the 40-bed Maternity Block include a 7-bed monitoring and recovery ward, nurses’ station, changing rooms, sluice rooms, pantry and store, two consultation rooms, two doctors’ offices and restrooms, nurses’ office and a restroom. It also has an anesthesia machine, diathermy machine, incubator, baby cot, patient monitors, infusion pump, and radiant warmer.
At an official ceremony on Friday, a deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah, praised the MTN Foundation for the gesture while appealing to corporate organizations to follow the example in support of health delivery in Ghana. She promised the government’s continuous support to activities aimed at improving maternal mortality in the country.
The Medical Director at the Tema General Hospital, Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Adusei, said the facility will cater for the increasing number of patients in the Hospital.
According to him, the Tema General Hospital – the third highest in the country, in 2017 delivered over 7,000 babies with over 22,261 pregnant women visiting the hospital in the same year.
The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, said they got involved with the project when they saw a news item highlighting the challenges that the Tema General Hospital go through to raise funds to complete the ward.
He revealed that MTN Ghana Foundation has invested about $13 million in building maternity blocks, school blocks, libraries and Information Communication Technology Centres (ICT) around the country over the last 10 years.
He said in total, the Foundation has invested about $4million in 52 health projects in the country, impacting about 1.2 million lives.
He was hopeful that the facility will help relieve the pressure on existing facilities at the Hospital, due to the increase in population.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.com.gh