Pregnant mothers and clients who visit the Cape Coast Hospital in need of blood supply and transfusion will soon breathe a sigh of relief.
This is because the MTN Ghana Foundation has begun the construction of a state-of-the-art blood unit for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit of the Central regional facility.
According to the telecom giant, the project is born out of efforts to help the hospital reduce the mortality rate due to lack of access to blood and blood products.
Acting General Manager for MTN Ghana, Northern Sector, Adjoa Afrakoma Baah Obeng speaking to Ultimate News at the annual blood donation exercise mentioned that: “What is different for our activity this time is the fact that this year, we’re constructing a blood unit block for the Cape Coast Hospital, the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department to be specific.”
“They sent us a request for help regarding setting up a blood unit for them. We’re building some kind of structure to support this worthy cause; knowing the mortality rate when it comes to our mothers, when they have to go and give birth”, she added.
This year’s blood donation drive which took place at the Kumasi Technical Institute sought to target 5,000 pints of blood for the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and other peripheral hospitals in the Ashanti region.
“Last year we had a target of 3,500 but with the help of our partners, our customers and our staff we achieved 4,449 pints of blood. This year, we’re stepping it higher and tagging ourselves with 5,000 pints of blood and we know that in all the past years, when we put them together, we’ve been able to do 14,000 plus pints of blood”, Mrs. Baah Obeng noted.
The Ag. Northern Sector MTN Boss paid special tribute to the KATH Blood Bank, the National Association of Service Personnel (NASPA), MTN distributors and MTN volume management partners for their immense support throughout the years.
The Valentine’s Day blood drive on MTN’s calendar was replicated across all the 16 regions of the country.