MTN Ghana Foundation has placed a smile on the faces of the health workers and patients of the Tema General Hospital in the Greater Accra Region by presenting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth thousands of Ghana cedis to the hospital in the fight against Corona-Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The items include 3000 – Face masks, 1000 – Coveralls, (15 boxes with 15,000 pieces) of Gloves, 30 pieces of Contactless Thermometers, and 50 gallons 99% Alcohol Methylated Spirit.
“Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to commend health workers across the country especially those working in this hospital for their dedication to the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana.
As tough as the circumstances have been, our health workers have been up to the task in the fight against this deadly virus,” the Chief Corporate Service Officer for MTN-Ghana, Mr. Sam Koranteng stated in his address during the donation.
He disclosed that during this pandemic, MTN acknowledged that protecting health workers is paramount, yet there is lack of PPE in some of our hospitals and health facilities.
According to Mr. Koranteng, the donation to Tema General Hospital was not an isolated one as MTN Ghana Foundation is making similar donations to 29 hospitals across the country.
“MTN Group recently made a major move in the fight against this deadly virus COVID-19 by donating $25 million to the African Union to procure COVID-19 vaccines.
This partnership provided 7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for health workers across the continent. Out of the 7 million doses, Ghana received 165,000 AstraZeneca doses which were used to vaccinate health workers,” he noted.
The Chief Corporate Service Officer stated that immediately COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, MTN Ghana moved to put in place measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in its service centers across the country.
MTN Foundation donated PPEs worth GHc 5 million to the National COVID Trust Fund and another donation of essential equipment to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to enable rapid testing and data processing.
“MTN launched the “Wear it for Me” campaign to raise awareness about the importance of wearing face masks and also donated about over 85k KN 95 face masks to over 30 hospitals in all 16 regions,” he disclosed.
Mr. Koranteng said the Foundation will continue to encourage all Ghanaians to adhere strictly to all the safety protocols issued by local and global authorities in fighting the pandemic.
The Medical Director for Tema General Hospital, Dr. Richard Anthony who received the donation on behalf of the hospital commended MTN-Ghana Foundation for the kind gesture done to the hospital.
He said the donation would complement what the facility already has and called on other Corporate Institutions and Companies to emulate the move by MTN-Ghana Foundation.
By: Isaac Dzidzoamenu