By Alexander Nyarko Yeboah, GNA
Tema, Sept. 4,
GNA - MTN Ghana Foundation has visited the Maternity Block of the Tema General
Hospital, a project, built and donated by the foundation to the health
enabled MTN Executives to interact with the Medical Team of the Block and tour
the facility to get firsthand information about how helpful the facility has
been to its maternal service delivery.
Speaking to the
Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the visit on Wednesday, the
Corporate Services Executive, MTN Ghana, Mr. Samuel Koranteng said, “A year
ago, we handed this project over to the hospital; it’s been twelve months now,
and we are here as MTN Ghana Foundation because sustainability is one of the
key things we look at in all the projects we do.”
taken us through the wards and various facilities and shown us the equipment
they have, and I must say we would give the hospital administration and those
who maintain the Unit a big kudos because they have maintained it very well,
and with the figures they have given us, we have realized that this Unit has
really impacted deliveries for the hospital,” Mr. Koranteng said.
informed that with what they saw and the testimonies they heard, the 5.8
million Ghana Cedis MTN invested in the project had not been in vain, and that
the impact of the facility in the lives of mothers and babies so far had
exceeded the target of MTN.
Reacting to the
issue of maintenance of public facilities, Mr. Koranteng indicated that MTN
Ghana Foundation went into a maintenance conversation with the administration
of the hospital before the project was started.
“What we have
done this time is that the hospital, together with MTN Ghana Foundation, has
representatives on the maintenance committee of the facility,” he informed.
that the committee was responsible not just for the maintenance of the building
but the equipment, etc., and had put in place a monthly maintenance schedule as
well as a maintenance report to make sure the facility survived.
responded to pleas by the medical staff to consider assisting in other pressing
needs of the Unit by saying, “If there is anything else we can do to improve
the quality of care in this facility we are prepared to listen and assist in
Nursing Officer and Unit Head, Labour Ward of the Maternity Block, Madam Joana
Boakye, observed that “the MTN Block has gone a long way to improve upon the
services we render to our clients, most especially in reducing maternal and
said the bed capacity in the old structure was low and the equipment were not
up to standard, “And so you could have a lot of women seated on benches waiting
for their turn to be seen, even though some of them may be in emergences
situations, yet we can’t help it because, of course, there is no bed to put you
on and so you will be in a chair till whatever happens.”
She said now
the MTN Block had enough beds and the structure was equipped with emergency
obstetric emergency equipment such as the Scan, the CTG, and Suction machines
and other important items.
“And so when
they come in, the care is very fast. Even when you come in early labor, you
will still get a place to lie down till such a time that the labor would pick
up,” she informed.
said of much importance was the monitoring equipment which helped them to
detect early complications so they could intervene and save their lives.
that due to the gesture of MTN, mortality rate at the Unit dropped from 20
cases last year to eight in 2019, with the eight being mostly referral cases
from other facilities.