Sunday, April 21, 2013
By: Afua Asafo-Adjei
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 facility 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, disclosed that her outfit decided to support the project because under its health advisory portfolio, the MTN Ghana Foundation is committed 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 was launched five years ago and has undertaken numerous projects in Health and Education initiatives across the country, including the refurbishment of the Korle-bu maternity block as its health flagship project. In the Western Region the MTN Ghana Foundation has invested in the expansion of the antenatal outpatient department (OPD) and renovation of the labour ward of the Efia Nkwanta Government Hospital in Takoradi. It has also supported Shama Health Post and Wassa Dunkwa District Hospital with medical equipment to help improve health delivery in the 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 stated that days where 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. He 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, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Mr J.B Annan, District Chief Executive of Twifo Praso, Hon. Osei Siaman Bossman, the Omanhene of Twifo Praso, Obrimpong Appiah Nuamah 11, Medical Practitioners and nurses of Twifo Praso Government Hospital
By: Kwamina Bamfo-Agyei
ted one hundred and twenty Lap Top computers to some students of the Cape Coast Polytechnic.
He appealed to the students to make good use of the computers. He noted that the distribution forms part of government’s on-going Information Communications Technology (ICT) project which, it says, is aimed at fostering the knowledge of Information Communications Technology (ICT) in students across the country.