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MTN to hand over 40-bed Tema General Hospital maternity ward on 20th July

BY: Isaac Yeboah

A 40-bed maternity block for the Tema General Hospital, initiated and completed by MTN Ghana, will be handed over to government come Wednesday, July 23.

The near GHȻ5.5 million project undertaken by the MTN Ghana Foundation, which has a 20-bed first stage ward, a 20-bed lying-in ward, a theatre, a two-bed delivery ward and a seven-bed recovery ward, also comes with additional facilities like a nurses station and changing room, pantry and store, two consulting rooms, two doctor's office/restrooms, as well as nurses office, a kitchenette, washrooms and a reception.

MTN Ghana Foundation has also equipped the facility with the desired equipment to ensure it is fully operational. These include a theatre operating bed, delivery beds, anaesthesia machines, patient monitors, cesarean section instrument sets, hysterectomy instrument sets, a cardiotograph ultra sound machine, adult and infant resuscitation kits, incubator units, patient bedside lockers, wheelchairs and trolleys.

The actual total investment of GHȻ5,449,281.21 is made up of GHȻ 3,421,795.65 for civil works and GHȻ2,027,485.56 for equipment.

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The plight of the Tema General Hospital, the third largest in the country when it comes to deliveries, came to the attention of the telecoms operator following a media report in 2015, when it came to light that the facility had only a 10-bed maternity ward and had to cater for a large number of patients on its corridors.

Following the heart-rending story, the MTN Ghana Foundation, determined to contribute its quota to improve maternal health care in the country and to reduce or eliminate maternal mortality, met with hospital authorities to define the scope of the project and got its board to approve it under its health portfolio as part of key projects to mark MTN Ghana's 20th Anniversary in Ghana.

Other health initiatives by the Foundation previously include:

  • the renovation of the labour ward, lying-in ward and expansion of the antenatal unit of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region to ease congestion, at the cost of GHȻ200,000.
  • the construction of a 20-bed maternity block with a minor theatre & nursery to ease congestion at the Ejisu Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region at the cost of GHȻ240,676.
  • the Construction of a single story block of wards and minor theatre & provision of beds to improve maternal care at the Fomena Health Centre in the Ashanti Region at GHȻ250,000 and
  • the refurbishment of the 2nd floor labour ward and provision of medical equipment such as delivery beds, theatre beds, radiant warmers at the Korle Bu Maternity Ward in the Greater Accra which cost GH$650,000.