MTN Ghana Foundation has reaffirmed its commitment to support Ghana to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 (four).
The MDG 4 seeks to reduce by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate and also to improve the general health of children by 2015.
The Foundation as part of its corporate social responsibility toward the goal has constructed a fifteen-bed children’s ward for the Twifo Praso District Hospital in the Central Region at a cost of GH¢150,000.00
Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive of MTN Ghana, who gave the assurance, commissioned the ward on Friday and observed that generally, there was challenge with accessibility to healthcare in Ghana, especially in the rural areas.
MTN Ghana Foundation has since its inception five years ago undertaken over 70 health and education projects valued at GH¢11 million in all the ten regions of Ghana.
She asked the hospital authorities to ensure the proper maintenance of the building as well as the equipment in the wards so that the project would serve its intended purpose now and also for posterity.
She also appealed to parents to take proper care of their children and also pay more attention to their nutrition since malnutrition is a major contributor to diseases in developing countries.
Dr. Benjamin Annan, Medical Superintendent of the Hospital bemoaned conditions at the old ward, which he described as an ‘eyesore’, saying it formally occupied a little space attached to the OPD and children sometimes had to be paired on a single bed while on admission.
He said the environment then was not conducive for quality healthcare services for children.
Other challenges he enumerated include leakages at the OPD during rainy seasons, lack of X-Ray and dental services and lack of public health unit block, thus making it impossible to operate as a primary medical healthcare provider and a referral centre for the sub-districts.
It was therefore a great relief when MTN Ghana Foundation took it upon itself to help he said and added that the Foundation’s support had been of immense benefit.
Dr Annan expressed gratitude to the Foundation for the gesture, hoping they would continue to collaborate with the hospital to provide efficient, effective and quality health care services to the public. GNA