The Corporate Social Responsibility arm of MTN, the MTN Ghana Foundation, has launched the refurbishment of the Kpedze Health Centre in the Volta Region. The over 30 year old health facility has been struggling with severe structural defects after parts of the building were destroyed through a fire outbreak some few years ago. MTN is investing GH¢160,000 towards the project.
The project is expected to be completed within a period of 12 weeks and involves the refurbishment of the physical structure of the main Out Patient Department (OPD) and the maternity block.
Handing over the site to the Project Manager, Mrs. Rhoderlyn Entsua-Mensah, the Health Projects Advisor of MTN expressed the Foundation’s readiness to invest in health and education projects stating that the MTN Ghana Foundation was established to help improve the communities in which it operates. Mrs. Entsua -Mensah said “MTN Ghana Foundation is hopeful that in 12 weeks time, the people of Kpedze and the surrounding communities will have a refurbished health facility to meet their health needs”.
The Member of Parliament for Ho West Emmanuel Bedzrah who also contributed GH¢10,000 towards the project commended MTN for the numerous investments it is making throughout the country.
Kpedze, a predominantly farming community in the Ho municipality has only one health center which is currently operating below its full capacity. ‘Achievers Club’, a Non-Governmental Organization approached the MTN Ghana Foundation to come to the aid of the community to help improve the healthcare delivery system in Kpedze and its surrounding communities including some communities in the Republic of Togo.
Since the establishment of the Foundation three years ago, MTN has invested over GH¢3million in executing health and education projects in Ghana. Some of these projects include the refurbishment of the maternity ward of the Korle bu teaching hospital, the construction of an Intensive Care Unit of Princess Marie Louise children hospital, donation to Kotokuom and Wassa Dunkwa health centers and the establishment of 10 ICT centers in all 10 regions of Ghana.
November 2010 marked the third anniversary of the MTN Ghana Foundation and the Kpedze health project happens to be one of the eight (8) projects earmarked to be undertaken as part of the anniversary celebration.