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15.07.2020 Health

MTN Donates To National COVID-19 Trust Fund

MTN Donates To National COVID-19 Trust Fund
LISTEN JUL 15, 2020

The MTN Ghana Foundation has donated medical items and equipment to the National COVID Trust.

The items include 44,000 Personal Protective Equipment, four (4) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Machines and Test Kits.

The donation which comes at an estimated cost of GHS 5 Million is to enhance the protection of all health personnel in the fight against COVID -19 in the Country and also to support testing-scale and speed.

The donation comes at a time when the nation is highly in need of PPEs, test kits and PCR Machines.

Speaking at the presentation, the Board Chairman of the MTN Ghana Foundation, Prof. Franklyn Manu said, “We are aware of the enormity of the challenge the nation is facing due to COVID 19 and the MTN Ghana Foundation Board thought, the best way we could help was to provide PPE for health workers and equipment for testing facilities. Today, we are pleased to donate PPEs and essential medical equipment worth five million Ghana cedis (GHS5 million) as our commitment towards the fight against the pandemic.”

The items comprise the following: 10,000 N95 Masks, 7,500 PPE Disposable coveralls, 4 PCR Machines, 10,000 Gloves, 10,000 Virus sampling kits, 3,000 RNA Extraction kits, 500 Infrared Thermometers and 3,000 Disposal Bedsheets.

Prof. Manu said, “The Foundation received several requests from a number of partner hospitals, but we thought we should provide the bulk of our donation to the National COVID Trust for onward distribution. It is our hope that they will facilitate and further enhance the fight against COVID 19 in the country and keep our health workers, patients, and families safe.”

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Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh used the occasion to congratulate the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Government for taking the needed measures in managing the spread of the disease in the Country.

Adding that, “As a result of government's interventions, our country has been highly ranked amongst nations who are taking the right measures on the fight against the pandemic.”

He said, “At MTN, we acknowledge that we have a major role to play in this fight against COVID-19 right from the onset, and this continues to be paramount to us. This fight can only be won if we all come together as private organizations working in collaboration with Government on the singular focus of defeating the deadly virus. You can be assured of MTN's continued commitment to this cause.”

MTN Ghana, since the outbreak of the virus, has supported Ghanaians with many interventions to lessen the impact of the pandemic on the nation's socio-economic infrastructure. Key among such interventions include Collaboration with the National Information Technology Authority (NITA) to offer all Government workers free access to the Smart Workplace Portal to support Government's work from home program, protecting the customer through the provision of critical health information, providing free internet access to over 200 websites for online education for public and private institutions, free MoMo transfers up to Ghc100 a day and revision of MoMo wallet limits.

MTN Ghana also brought to bear its leadership in the technology space by supporting the infection monitoring and contact tracing team through the provision of 800 SIM Cards and 8 Terabytes of data to National Security and 10 TurboNet fixed wireless devices with over 2 terabytes of data to the COVID-19 Response Team for use by contact tracers.

MTN has also deployed mobile money merchant accounts as collection conduits to support Government institutions such as the Ministry of Finance and the First Lady's mobilization fund for COVID-19.

MTN Ghana Foundation will continue to support efforts aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID 19 in Ghana.

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