Telecommunication giant, MTN Ghana remains committed to its responsibility to supporting health facilities and the government to manage the pandemic. The company on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 delivered packets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Western Region’s health referral center; the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi.
The items included face masks, coveralls, gloves, contactless thermometers, face shields and mentholated spirit, all worth thousands of Ghana Cedis.
Prince Owusu Nyarko, the Regional Senior Manager, South West Business for MTN Ghana said indicated that the company has since the outbreak extended its support to the hospital and other facilities in the region, just as it has done for all others across the country.
“At MTN, we believe 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.”
The gesture is being extended to 29 hospitals in the country. Mr. Owusu Nyarko indicated that at the core of their efforts in combating the novel coronavirus, MTN Ghana identifies with the need to protect health workers who risk their lives in managing cases.
“As tough as the circumstances have been, our health workers have been up to the task in the fight against this deadly virus. We say Ayekoo !!!”
“During this pandemic, we have acknowledged that protecting health workers is paramount, yet there is lack of PPE in some of our hospitals and health facilities.”
He shared that the company had instituted measures to prevent a spread of the virus at all its customer/service centers.
In his concluding remarks Mr. Owusu Nyarko charged Ghanaians to be adherent to the preventive etiquettes and support the fight against the deadly virus.
Dr Edward Amihire, Senior Clinical Coordinator of the hospital who received the items on behalf of the hospital said the gesture was timely.
He disclosed that “the facility’s stock had almost run out and thus puts front line workers at huge risk to the viral infection.”
MTN Group recently made a major move in the fight against this deadly virus COVID-19 by announcing that it will be donating $25 million to the African Union to procure COVID-19 vaccines. This partnership will provide 7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for health workers across the continent, which will contribute to the vaccination initiative of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
Here in Ghana, 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.
Additionally, the company 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 mask to over 30 hospitals in all 16 regions.