Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) has commissioned a GHÂÂ¢240,000 Maternity Block for the Ejisu Government Hospital Maternity Ward to help reduce the rate of maternal mortality in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality in the Ashanti Region, and across the country.
Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Service Executive of MTN, said at the commissioning that the provision of quality health care remains a critical issue around the world, due to its ability to affect the development of a country.
She said MTN's goal was to support in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, which, she said, was the reason the MTN Ghana Foundation continued to invest heavily in the projects.
Mrs. Lumor said MTN would not relent on its commitment, and it was for that reason that they did not hesitate to show their support to the Ejisu Government Hospital when the management called on them for support with the construction of a maternity block.
She said MTN's strong conviction that a nation's wealth was in the health of its people, has contributed to MTN Foundation's decision to implement health related activities as one of their key focus areas, in addition to education and economic empowerment.
She also disclosed that MTN had supported many health projects in the Ashanti Region, and mentioned the Kotokuom Health Post in the Atwima Mponua District, the KNUST Hospital, Mampong Krobo Health Post, and the Fomena Health Post.
According to her, maternity and infant mortality impacts negatively on families and communities, and has far reaching effects across the socio-economic strata.
She revealed that the UN 2012 report on achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) showed significant strides made at reducing maternity and child mortality rates, but said the 2015 target of reducing the rate by half in Sub-Sahara Africa was far from being achieved.
Oguakro Afrane Okesse IV, Omanhene of Ejisu, commended MTN Foundation for their tremendous efforts at improving the health sector in the country, and charged the management and staff of the hospital to take good care of the facility to serve the community.