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MTN Ghana has presented three thousand face masks to the Upper West Regional Hospital and two thousand seven hundred to Saint Joseph Hospital in Jirapa.

The face masks will among other things equip the staff of the two hospitals to perform their duties while minimising the risk of contracting the Covid-19 in line of their duty.

Making the presentation, Upper West Regional Area Manager of MTN, Kofi Owusu, commended health workers across the country for their dedication in the fight against COVID-19.

The Upper West Regional Area Manager of MTN, Kofi Owusu, said when the first case was recorded in Ghana many people were with fear and uncertainty about how health workers will cope with the situation. However, the health officials have been up to the task in the fight against the virus.

Mr. Owusu said during the pandemic, MTN made several interventions across the country. Key amongst the support were the over 44, 000 PPEs and PRC machines presented to the National Covid-19 Trust Fund and some essential equipment to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to promote rapid testing and data processing.

“We have not only invested in these PPEs which were worth ¢5 million. We are also investing in behavioural change programmes.”

In line with this, we have recently launched the ‘Wear it for me, and be wise campaign’, which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of face masks in the fight against the virus.

In addition to all these interventions, today we are happy to present three thousand face masks to the Upper West Regional Hospital and two thousand to the Saint Joseph Hospital Jirapa.

“At MTN, we believe that we have a major role to play in the fight against COVID-19 right from the onset and these continue to be paramount to us,” Mr. Owusu stated.

Mr. Owusu urged Ghanaians to adhere strictly to all safety protocols issued by both local and global authorities in fighting the pandemic. The Medical Director of the Upper West Regional Hospital, Dr Robert Amesiya commended MTN for the support.

The Health Administrator at the Saint Joseph Hospital Jirapa, Thomas Beyuo, also expressed gratitude to MTN but appealed to other philanthropists to go to their aid with more PPEs saying the fight against COVID-19 is not over.

Story by Dennis Bebane.

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