TGH gets new 40-bed MTN maternity block

MTN Ghana Foundation has constructed a yet-to-deliver 40-bed new maternity block to replace the dilapidated block at the Tema General Hospital (TGH) for a better service delivery.

Ms. Rhoderlyn Entsua-Mensah, the manager for Sustainability and Social Impact for MTN, hinted the media that her outfit saw in the news the poor condition of the maternity block of the Tema General Hospital, and, after consultations, decided to construct a standard maternity block for the hospital.

She estimated that so far about Gh4million has been spent on the building, but the real amount involved would be disclosed after the furnishing of inside of the maternity block.

Also as the Health Advisor to the MTN Ghana Foundation, Ms. Entsua-Mensah, argued that after Korle-Bu and Komfo Anokye teaching hospitals in the Greater Accra region and the Ashanti Region respectivelys, the Tema General Hospital is the next well patronized hospital in the country, hence, it needs to meet the required standard for good delivery of healthcare to the general public.

According to the Multicad’s consulting architect, Mr. Nathan Ansah, the 40-bed maternity block comprises 20 beds phase I, as labour ward and the other 20 for those who are not due for discharge, to enable the medical officers to monitor their health well before they are discharged with their babies.

He said the new maternity block has other facilities, such as consulting rooms, operation theatre, delivery room, patients’ assessment rooms, pharmacy, visitors’ lounge and kitchen cabinet for the staff.

The consulting architect also assured that materials used for civil work leading to the construction of the maternity block was of high quality which would make the building last longer; but this would mainly depend on how the authorities of the hospital maintain the building to have a long life span.

The medical director of Tema General Hospital, Dr. Kwabena Opoku Adusei, expressed joy when he was conducted round to inspect the extent of work done, ahead of handing over.

Addressing the media, he was sad the Tema General Hospital is slightly away from a standard hospital, though meanwhile it serves a huge number of people within the Tema metropolis and its catchment communities from far and near.

Dr. Adusei said the ‘shabbily built’ hospital was then a ‘mishap’ arrangement turned into hospital in the 1954 and handed over to the Ghana government in 1962.

He expressed gratitude to the MTN Ghana Foundation for the maternity block started in nine months ago, saying “Myself and the Head of Maternity sketched a building, and MTN Ghana Foundation provided us a suitable one with all the beds in the wards having oxygen supply.”

He indicated that quality curtains were also used to separate the wards to ensure maximum privacy.

The medical director further hinted that the days when two or three patients sleep on a bed are now over, and a patient will now sleep comfortably on a bed, adding “no patient would sleep on a bare floor again with this MTN Ghana gesture.”

He also told the media that the Tema Metropolitan Authority (TMA) promised to build for the hospital similar facility for years now, but they could not.

Meanwhile, the Tema General Hospital is the only referral hospital serving Ashaiman and other catchment areas.



Source: Delali A. Awuyeh

The Republic News Online

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