12.05.2008 Health

MTN assists Korle-Bu Hospital with $600,000

12.05.2008 LISTEN
By Stephen Odoi-Larbi - Ghanaian Chronicle

Telecommunication giants, Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) on Friday officially launched its 'Health Flagship Project' in Accra to assist the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to improve service delivery.

The Flagship project was initiated by the MTN Ghana Foundation and is aimed at improving health care for expectant mothers and infants at the hospital.

An amount of US$ 600,000 was earmarked for the project by MTN Ghana Foundation and is being implemented in partnership with the Women's Caucus of Parliament and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The assistance is to help refurbish the second floor of the maternity ward. When completed the project is expected to reduce maternal deaths and neonatal mortality rate in the country. It is also expected to provide more theatre space for speedy performance of surgeries which would reduce the waiting time of patients before they are attended to.

The project again, is expected to provide individual cubicles that would enhance privacy.

The assistance came to light after the Group identified that the hospital lacks essential facilities like additional labour wards, operating theatres and modern equipment for efficient service delivery.

“Promoting a better future for our women and babies is vital to national development and we are happy that the resources MTN is making available through the Foundation can be put to such good use”, said Professor Flanklin Manu, Chairman of the Board of MTN Ghana Foundation at the launch of the project.

He however expressed the Foundation's commitment to partnering with other key stakeholders to support national effort in improving the quality of life of Ghanaians in the country.

The MTN Foundation is an umbrella structure established within the MTN Group, charged with the responsibility of directing and managing the company's corporate social responsibility where MTN operates.

MTN has been sensitive to its responsibility in society since its establishment in 1993. It uses the Foundation as a framework through which it actively expresses its good corporate citizenship in communities in which it operates.

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