According to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, since the MTN Ghana Foundation donated a blood bank to the hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit in 2021, there has been a decrease in the number of cases of maternal and newborn death.
Acting Cape Coast Teaching Hospital CEO Dr. Stephen Laryeh told this to a delegation from MTN who recently visited the facility to assess its impact “We are grateful to the Foundation for coming to our aid with this blood bank. Since the provision of this facility in 2021, maternal mortality, resulting from blood issues has reduced by about twenty percent (20%). Hemorrhage which was the highest cause of maternal mortality has reduced”.
On his part, the Senior Manager for South West Business District of MTN Ghana, Mr. Prince Owusu-Nyarko said “We are happy the facility is helping to improve health care delivery at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. The establishment of this facility for the hospital and the people of Cape Coast is a proof of the Foundation’s commitment to brighten lives and to mobilize blood to save lives”.
He urged the hospital administration to maintain the building well going forward.
The facility has a lobby, staff offices, a donor lounge, a bleeding room, a lab, and a fridge room. It also has a bleeding room and a laboratory. There are couches made of local materials for donations, a storage area, and restrooms. The project was completed in June 2021 and turned over to the hospital’s management for a total cost of Ghc 300,000.
Through its “Save a Life” blood donation campaign, the MTN Ghana Foundation has consistently stayed committed to mobilizing blood to replenish the National Blood Services and blood banks in significant hospitals around the nation.
Since the program’s launch in 2011, approximately 20,000 units of blood have been collected.
The blood donation exercise has been put temporarily on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is yet to resume. In recognition of its efforts, the MTN Ghana Foundation was adjudged the highest Corporate blood donor in 2013, second highest corporate donor in 2014 and one of the highest corporate donors in 2015 by the National Blood Services.
The MTN Ghana Foundation has initiated and completed over 53 health projects since its inception. Source: Ghanatodayonline.com