The MTN Ghana Foundation has commissioned a 15-bed children’s ward for the Twifo Praso District Hospital in the Central Region.
The Foundation also provided 15 pediatric beds & mattresses for the ward and constructed a covered walkway linking the new block to the old one, all at a total cost of GH₵150,000.
The MTN Ghana Foundation is optimistic that the 15–bed children’s ward will improve the quality of health services for approximately 2,000 people in Twifo Praso and its surrounding areas.
The Executive Director of the MTN Ghana Foundation, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor said the foundation decided to support the project as part of its commitment to helping Ghana achieve the Millennium Development Goal four (4), which seeks to reduce the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds and to generally improve the health of children by 2015.
“Recent media reports suggest that we are making progress with the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, however medical experts say there is still a lot of work to be done and all of us have to assist in making life better; this forms the rationale for MTN Ghana Foundation’s investments in and focus on health-related initiatives to support the improvement of health standards in Ghana,” she said.
She added that the MTN Ghana Foundation has, over the last five years, undertaken numerous projects in Health and Education initiatives across the country.
These, she said, include the refurbishment of the Korle-bu maternity block as its health flagship project, the expansion of the antenatal outpatient department (OPD) and renovation of the labour ward at the Efia Nkwanta Government Hospital in Takoradi, and support for Shama Health Post and Wassa Dunkwa District Hospital with medical equipment to help improve health delivery in the Western Region.
The Medical Superintendent of the Twifo Praso District Hospital, Dr. J. B. Annan expressed appreciation to the MTN Ghana Foundation for their immense contribution and support.
He noted that the were days when the hospital had little space for clinicians to operate and had to pair children on single beds while on admission due to limited number of beds were over, but all that is over now due to the intervention of the MTN Ghana Foundation.
Dr. Annan expressed optimism that the MTN Ghana Foundation gesture would promote the delivery of quality healthcare services to patients.
Dignitaries present at the commissioning included the Member of Parliament for Twifo Praso Constituency, Honourable Samuel Ato Amoah, District Chief Executive of Twifo Praso, Hon. Osei Siaman Bossman, the Omanhene of Twifo Praso, Obrimpong Appiah Nuamah 11, as well as som medical staff the hospital.
In a related development, the MTN Ghana Foundation has adopted the Mpraeso Methodist JHS for refurbishment at the cost of GHC28,000 as part of it CSR projects in of the Kwahu Ridge, following the just ended Kwahu Easter celebrations.
This was in response to a request by the chiefs and people of the area, and it was also in tune with MTN’s innovative ways of using such festive occasions to provide very relevant projects where they are needed most. That was just one of many it is doing across the country.
In addition to the refurbishment, MTN also made a total donation of GH ¢ 5,600.00 cash, recharge cards valued at GH ¢ 1,400, assorted drinks hampers and souvenirs to Kwahu Traditional Council towards the celebration of 2013 Easter Festival.
Member of Parliament for the Mpraeso Constituency, Hon. Seth Kwame Acheampong expressed his appreciation to MTN the prompt response to undertake the renovation.
The Chief of Mpraeso, Nana Ampadu Daaduam II and his elders also thanked MTN for their continuous support to Mpraeso and the Kwahu Traditional area in general.
He later symbolically painted a small portion of the building and inscribed the letters ‘MTN’ to signify the commencement of work.