MTN Ghana Foundation, last Friday presented a ventilator to the Sunyani Municipal Hospital and an incubator to the Goaso Municipal Hospital in the Brong-Ahafo Region to enhance quality service delivery.
They were part of 10 incubators and five ventilators estimated at about GH¢125,000 to be presented to some hospitals in the country.
Mr James Bukari Basintale, MTN General Manager for the Northern Sector, presenting the incubator to the Goaso Municipal Hospital, said the increase in population and the growing health care needs of Ghanaians had given cause to the provision of adequate infrastructure.
He said existing government health facilities were burdened with the task of delivering quality service with relatively limited resources.
“The good news is that with public private partnership, government can be supported to reduce the mortality rate of preterm births and other medical conditions in Ghana,” he said.
Mr Basintale said available statistics from the Ghana Health Service indicated that 15 million premature babies were born worldwide in 2010 with 60 per cent of them in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
He said preterm birth was the second cause of neonatal death worldwide and ranked as the second common cause of mortality in children below five years, claiming the lives of 1.1 million infants annually.
Mr Basintale explained that the selection of health institutions to benefit from the facility was based on the need for and the presence of qualified staff to operate the equipment.
“It is our desire that the ventilators and incubators being presented to the hospitals would help reduce mortality rates and help Ghana to attain the Millennium Development Goals,” he said.
Mr Basintale said since the establishment of the MTN Ghana Foundation in 2007, it had spent about 13 million Ghana cedis in development projects in health, education and the economy nationwide.
Madam Mary Asunta, Principal Midwifery Officer in-charge of the Maternity Ward, Goaso Municipal Hospital, expressed appreciation to the MTN Foundation for the incubator.
She said it would save the lives of premature babies who died when being referred to the Sunyani Government Hospital due to lack of an incubator.
Dr Fulgentius Dery, Medical Superintendent of the Sunyani Municipal Hospital, receiving the ventilator, said it would help improve their emergency operations and reduce the number of deaths at the hospital.
He appealed for a chemical analyzer, an incubator and a modern x-ray equipment and rehabilitation of access roads to the hospital.
Hospitals that have so far been presented with the equipment include Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ridge Hospital, Achimota Hospital, Tema General Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Other beneficiary hospitals include the Akuse, Nandom, Bawku, Savelugu, Tarkwa, Krachi, Dunkwa-On-Offin and the Suntreso hospitals.