MTN, a leading Telecommunications Network in Ghana has donated an incubator and a ventilator to the St. Theresa’s Hospital at Nandom in the Nandom District of the Upper West Region.
The gesture is part of the company’s contribution towards reducing mortality rates in the area as well as helping Ghana to attain the health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
Mr. Obed Adu-Amankwa, MTN Upper West Regional Manager presented the items to the hospital’s management on behalf of Mr. James Bukari Basintale, MTN General Manager for the Northern Sector.
He said according to Ghana Health NEST, 15 million premature babies were born worldwide in 2010, out of which 60% were from Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Mr. Adu-Amankwa said worldwide pre-term birth was the second cause of neonatal death and ranks as the second common cause of mortality in children below the age of five years, claiming the lives of 1.1 million infants every year.
He said it was against this backdrop that MTN took the initiative to donate 10 incubators and five ventilators at a total cost of GH₵125,000.00 to support health institutions nationwide in order to help curb the menace.
Mr. Adu-Amankwa noted that since the establishment of MTN Ghana Foundation it had already invested an amount of GH₵13,000,000.00 in development projects in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment nationwide.
The MTN Upper West Regional Manager mentioned the Achimota, Ridge, Tema and Korle Bu Hospitals in the Greater Accra Region, the Suntreso and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), as well as Sunyani and Goaso Hospitals in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions as beneficiaries of their support.
He mentioned Bawku, Savlegu, Akuse, Tarkwa, Krachi and Dunkwa on Offin Government Hospitals as the remaining facilities to benefit from the donation.
Mr. Adu-Amankwa said the selection of these health institutions was based on the presence of qualified staff to operate the equipment.
Madam Mary Magdalene Maabier, Deputy Director Nursing Services at the Nandom District Hospital said the equipment would help reduce the death of premature babies at the facility.
She thanked MTN for the donation and urged other corporate institutions to emulate their example and promised that the equipment would be put to proper use. GNA