The MTN Foundation at the weekend donated 30 beds to Bwera Hospital in Kasese District under the Access to Health Care Initiative (AHI), a project partnership with the Ministry of Health that seeks to restock health facilities around the country with beds and associated paraphernalia for inpatients.
The items donated, which included mattresses, bed sheets, blankets and mosquito nets were handed over to the Minister of State for Health Care – General Duties, Hon. Sarah Opendi by MTN Uganda Corporate Communications Manager, Val Okecho.
“We are a proud partner in the development efforts of the government of Uganda and in this instance, the Ministry of Health. Besides providing the best telecommunication services, we aim to impact positively the communities we serve. We are of the firm belief that this donation will go a long way in addressing the shortage of beds and improving facilities at Bwera Hospital,” said Okecho.
According to a 2012 report from Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U) on the state of regional referral hospitals in Uganda, most facilities and equipment in these hospitals countrywide are in a state of disrepair. Bed capacity in hospitals and health centers is still low resulting into overcrowding and poor quality care of inpatients.
“MTN has realized this need and through our the MTN Foundation Access to Health Initiative, a budget of Ug.shs 500 million has been set aside to ensure that we can provide equipment like beds to more hospitals and health centers in the country,” he added.
“We would like to thank MTN Uganda for this donation. Complementing the government in its quest to deliver better services to its citizens, speaks volumes of the genuine concern and seriousness with which MTN Uganda values not only its customers but Ugandans at large,” said Hon. Sarah Opendi while addressing Bwera Hospital medical staff and district leadership. The Minister is currently on a tour of the government health facilities in the Western region of the country.
The MTN Foundation is expected to launch the Access to Health Initiative at the Ministry of Health. Thereafter the Foundation together with the Ministry will oversee the donation of additional 500 beds to several hospitals in Uganda through the Ministry of Health.
This is not the first time that the MTN Foundation has been involved in CSR projects in the region. At the height of the deadly floods in 2013, MTN donated beds, mattresses, bedsheets, blankets and relief items to Kilembe Mines Hospital to assist in government efforts to contain the crisis. Recently, the MTN Foundation set up an ICT laboratory at Bwera Senior Secondary School, in a bid to boost computer literacy in the region. This is in line with MTN’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to its customers.
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