MTN Ghana Foundation has constructed a 40-bed maternity ward at Tema General Hospital to improve health delivery in the country.
The project, which started November 2016 and expected to be completed in September 2017, had seen a 43 per cent of work completed.
Speaking after an inspection of the project, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation said the project was necessitated by a television news item which highlighted the struggle faced by the hospital to raise funds to complete to complete its maternity ward.
She said the Foundation had provided GHȼ4.2 million for the project including a theatre, seven bed monitoring and recovery ward, doctors’ office nurses station, sluice rooms, consulting rooms and washrooms.
She explained that the project was part of the Foundations 20th anniversary and corporate social responsibilities to give back to society through improve health care delivery.
Mrs Lumor said the Foundation had over the years placed emphasis on maternal healthcare and the general wellbeing of women.
“The Foundation has constructed and commissioned several projects aimed at improving maternal and child mortality across the country including the provision of a 40-bed Neo-natal centre and construction of 20-bed maternity block for Tamale Hospital and furnished medical equipment and furniture for the Ejisu Hospital in Ashanti Region, she added.
The Tema Hospital is the third highest in the country with regard to deliveries and in 2015, the Hospital delivered about 7,000 babies with more than 12,000 pregnant women visit the hospital annually with 10 maternity beds.
Mrs Lumor said the Foundation would continue to support development initiative in the country, adding that it had opened an oil palm project in Juaso and a scholarship programme to benefit 300 children.
Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei, Medical Director Tema General Hospital commended the Foundation for the support, adding that the project when completed would cater for the increasing number of patients in the hospital.
Dr Opoku-Adusei has pledged the Hospital’s commitment to provide better services to the citizenry and make it as client-friendly as practicable.
Mr Nathan Ansah, Project Architect for MULTICAD Consulting Architect said work on the project had progress steadily and promised to finish the project before the scheduled month of September.