The MTN Ghana Foundation has donated some personal protective equipments (PPEs) to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi of the Western Region on Wednesday.
This forms part of its campaign in the fight against the devastating coronavirus which is in line with its recently launched “Wear it for Me” and BE WISE campaigns.
The Foundation donated face masks, coveralls, gloves, contactless thermometers, face shields and mentholated spirit to the management of the hospital.
Speaking at the donation exercise, the Regional Senior Manager for South West, Prince Owusu Nyarko stated that the move underlines the importance MTN Ghana Foundation places on the contribution of the hospital in the fight against the pandemic.
He mentioned that protecting the lives of health workers is paramount in this period but some hospitals in the country lacks the protective equipments to safeguard the health workers hence MTN Ghana Foundation taking upon itself to provide protective equipments to over twenty-nine hospitals nationwide.
“Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to commend health workers across the country especially those working in this hospital for their dedication in 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”, he said.
Mr. Owusu Nyarko continued that, “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. Today, I am very pleased to be here on behalf of the MTN Ghana Foundation to make an intervention that is needed to protect health workers during this period”
“The donation being made today is not an isolated one. MTN Ghana Foundation is making similar donations to 29 hospitals across the country…. In addition, 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).”
He added that, “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. 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. Additionally, 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 mask to over 30 hospitals in all 16 regions. We continue to encourage all Ghanaians to adhere strictly to all the safety protocols issued by local and global authorities in fighting this pandemic.”
Meanwhile, the MTN Ghana Foundation will be making same donations to the Twifo Praso and Cape Coast Teaching Hospital on Thursday, April 1, 2021..