Mr. Abukari cutting the tape. Inset: The ward

IT WAS all joy when MTN Foundation handed over a 30-bed ward for patients to the Sene District Hospital in the Brong Ahafo region.

The total cost of the project is GH?116,000. It includes bedside lockers and thirty drip stands.

Handing over the facility to the authorities of the hospital, James Bukari Basintale, General Manager-Northern Business district of MTN, said the wards will bring quality and affordable health services to the doorsteps of the community. According to Mr. Basintale, proximity to health facilities is crucial to the survival of patients and every passing minute precious, especially in emergency situations.

Mr. Basintale said when the Sene Health Center was upgraded to a district hospital in 2004, the hospital authorities sought support from MTN Ghana Foundation to assist them in funding the construction of a male and female ward for the ever-increasing number of in-patients.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, MTN Ghana Foundation did not hesitate to fund the project, he noted. Mr. Basintale said prior to the construction of the wards, patients were referred to nearby districts in Atebubu, Krachi and Sekyere West for admission and treatment.

Mr. Basintale revealed to that the foundation has two flagship projects and several others to its credit since its establishment in November 2007. The flagship projects include the refurbishment of the 2nd floor of the maternity block at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the establishment of ten MTN ICT learning centers in all the ten regions. He said it had also provided hospital equipment for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Hospital, as well as the Kpedze, Kotokuom and Effia Nkwanta health centers.

The Twafohene and Acting President of the Guan Traditional Council, Nana Yaw Owusu was full of praise for the MTN Ghana Foundation for funding the project which he said will go a long way to assuage the suffering of patients who had to travel long distances to access health care.

Dr. Amo Koden, the Brong Ahafo Regional Deputy Director of the Ghana Health Service in charge of clinical care who represented Dr. Timothy Letsa, the Regional Director said with the construction of the wards, the Sene Hospital will be able to deliver quality services to people in the area.

  From Eric Bawah, Kwame Danso

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