K’si: MTN supports fight against malaria with free treated bed nets

Mortality in malaria-related cases in children under-five and pregnant women at the Kumasi South Hospital, is set to reduce henceforth with a donation of treated mosquito bed nets.

Telecom giant, MTN through the MTN Ghana Foundation, on the occasion of World Malaria Day, distributed more than 100 treated mosquito bed nets to mothers at the Maternity Unit of the hospital.

Ghana on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 joined the rest of the world to mark World Malaria Day which aims at finding more innovative ways to achieve and sustain near-zero malaria deaths and ultimately, a malaria-free country. The theme for this year is: “Ready to Beat Malaria”.

According to figures from the Ghana Health Service, malaria still tops out-patient-department (OPD) cases and is also responsible for the death of three children, every day, in the country.

Speaking to the Ultimate Business after the donation, General Manager for MTN, Northern Zone, Nii Adotey-Mingle mentioned that the donation forms part of MTN’s programmes in supporting the fight against malaria and also giving back to the communities they operate in.

“MTN Ghana Foundation has three major focal areas; education, health and education empowerment. Today is World Malaria Day and if you have been affected by malaria before, you will understand the importance of ensuring that especially, kids and new born babies sleep under mosquito nets to ensure that they do not get malaria.”

“As part of our contribution to society, we have decided to distribute treated mosquito bed nets across 3 major areas in the country. We’re doing Sekyere-Krobo and Nsuta CHPS compound in the Wassa East District in the Western region. Pentecost Hospital in Madina and here the Kumasi South Hospital”, Nii Adotey revealed.

The MTN Ghana Northern Zone Boss reiterated that the network will continue to map out efforts aimed at sustaining the programme.

“We do this on a continuous basis; as we speak, from 2016, MTN has distributed 900 treated bed nets, so basically this is just a continuum. It is not only about malaria, we also focus on major issues relating to health. We have provided incubators, built hospitals from the scratch and renovated other health facilities.”

On their part, Focal Person for Malaria at the Kumasi South Hospital, Linda Angbataayelle on behalf of the facilities and the pregnant mothers expressed their utmost gratitude to MTN Ghana Foundation for the kind gesture.

 

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Patricia Ama Bonsu