MTN builds 30-Bed capacity ward for Sene Hospital
From Michael Boateng, Kwame Danso
The newly constructed 30-bed capacity male and female ward by MTN to the Sene
The provision of the wards cost the MTN Ghana Foundation an amount of GH¢100,000 and the GH¢16,000 for the 30 bedside lockers and 30 drip stands, which is one of the several health projects supported nationwide, since its establishment in 2007.
In a speech read on her behalf, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive noted that the provision of the wards for the Sene District Hospital was very critical and strategic, not just to save lives but also to help reduce poverty and dependency levels in the district.
According to Mrs. Lumor, the commissioning of the project shows how MTN is dedicated to providing quality health care to improve the socio-economic development of the country, and MTN’s presence in the Brong-Ahafo region is very welcome, due to it being a significant contributor to ensuring food security for the nation.
She acknowledged the region, for its endowed rich cultural practices, with a unique geographical location that attracts tourists.
The Corporate Service Executive of MTN, recounted that when the Sene Health Center was upgraded into a district hospital in 2004, the hospital authorities sought support from MTN Ghana Foundation to assist them in funding the construction of a male and female ward, to cater for the ever increasing in-patient numbers.
She said the hospital needed infrastructure and enough personnel to provide services to benefit the district, because prior to the provision of the 30-bed capacity wards, some of the patients were referred to nearby districts in Atebubu, Krachi and Sekyere West for admission and treatment.
Mrs. Lumor expressed MTN’s excitement to commission the project, which she stressed will bring quality and affordable health services to the doorstep of the community.
According to her, proximity to health facilities is very crucial to the survival of patients, and every passing minute is precious, especially in emergency situations.
She added that “having good facilities not only in the urban areas, but also in the semi urban and rural areas, help save precious lives.
she indicated that MTN acknowledges Brong-Ahafo as one of its key business partners, and to show its appreciation to the region, MTN has dedicated the month of July to organize series of events to benefit not only its customers, but also people in the entire region, which has been dubbed “Suncity Fest”.
Among other activities lined up for the Suncity Fest include the commissioning of a 20-seater ICT Centre at Techimantia, a Retailers forum for traders to improve their business, MTN Inter Community Walk-a-thon and Health screening, Inter community Data Activations/Mystery shoppers Awards, Live Concert and a Community football gala.
The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Health Director of Clinical Care, Dr. Amo Kodie, noted that the coming into being of the NHIS has increase hospital attendance and admission, which has created great pressure on the workers in the health facilities.
He said it is therefore of much relieve to see such help coming from MTN, urging other organizations to emulate the deeds by the MTN Ghana Foundation.
Dr. Kodie, however, appealed to the District Chief Executives in the various districts to help sponsor individuals from their respective districts to the various training institutions, explaining that the sponsorship should be geared towards the training of essential staff.
He added that if the DCEs are able to motivate and retain health workers in the communities or areas in that way, the unwillingness of staff to accept posting to the so-called deprived areas will be a thing of the past.
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