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New hospital block for Fomena

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Miss Gertrude Mante (2nd right), District Director of Health Service, conducting some officials round the project. With her are Mr James Bukari Basintale, MTN General Manager for the Northern Business District, Alhaji Abdul Lateef Maujdoub (right), Adansi North District Chief Executive and Baffour Kyei II (middle), Adansi Gyasehene. Picture: John K. Essel.

A new hospital block, comprising a ward equipped with 20 beds and a theatre, for the Fomena Health Centre in the Adansi North District in the Ashanti Region has been inaugurated.

The block was funded by the MTN Ghana Foundation at a cost of GHc250,000.

 The foundation also provided 16 adult beds with mattresses and one delivery bed for the block.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Alhaji Abdul Lateef Majdoub, commended the foundation for its quick response to the call to provide the facility.

He said a UK-based group, NMS Infrastructure Limited, in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, would soon construct a 120-bed hospital with auxiliary facilities at Fomena.

 The District Director of Health Services, Ms Gertrude Mante, commended the foundation for its laudable efforts and said the facility would go a long way to help reduce maternal mortality and the risk of transferring patients from facility to facility.

The MTN General Manager for the Northern Business District, Mr James Bukari Basintale, noted that statistics indicated that the Ashanti Region was leading in maternal deaths in Ghana.

He said with less than three years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target for improved maternal health, the maternal death ratio in the region currently stood at 315 per 100,000 live births.

Mr Basintale said the story was not pleasant, for which reason there was the need for a collaborative effort on the part of all stakeholders to improve the situation.

The Gyaasehene of the Fomena Traditional Area, Baffour Kyei II, who deputised for Okofo Soibin-Kai II, the Dompoasehene, who is also the Acting President of the Adansi Traditional Area, commended the MTN Ghana Foundation for its pragmatic efforts which he said could contribute meaningfully to health delivery.

Story: Nana Yaw Barimah