Mothers Shower Praises on MTN Foundation as it Transforms Four Maternal Wards in Abia State with Ultra- Modern Facilities

The happiness expressed by expectant mothers was palpable
across Abia State as they gathered to celebrate the
commissioning of four newly renovated maternal wards by MTN
Foundation (MTNF).

The commissioning of the wards completes the renovation of 24
maternal wards in hospitals across six states in Nigeria. This
initiative was undertaken by the Foundation as part of efforts to
complement government’sdetermination to reduce maternal and
infant mortality in the country.

The newly-renovated and equipped maternal wards were donated
to four hospitals in the State: Abia State Specialist &Diagnostic
Centre, Umuahia; Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba;
General Hospital, Okpuala Ngwa and General Hospital Owaza.
Earlier this year, MTN Foundation announced its partnership with
Abia, Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Niger, Oyo and Sokoto sates for the
renovation of maternal wards under its Maternal Ward Support
Project (MWSP) .

The Deputy Governor, Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, also
expressed gratitude to MTN Foundation for the renovation of the
wards. According to him,“MTN Foundation’s effort in helping to
reduce maternal and infant mortality in Abia State is indeed
commendable. Just last year, we received the gift of a mobile
clinic and here we are again, proud beneficiaries of 4 state-of-the
art renovated maternal wards. On behalf of our amiable Governor
and the great people of Abia State, we say a big thank you to
MTN Foundation.”

MTNF Director, Denis Okoro , concluded by thanking all project
partners stating that: “The MWSP is one that is extremely dear to
our heart as it helps to increase survival rates of both mother and
child and reduces precarious situations which are naturally
synonymous with child birth.” Okoro further stated that according
to UNICEF, Nigeria loses about 145 women to child birth every
day. This makes the country the second largest contributor to
maternal mortality rates in the world. “We at MTN Foundation are
happy to be able to make a difference within the communities we
operate in. This gives us joy and fulfilment” he concluded.
Each of the 24 hospitals maternal wards across the 6 states have
been equipped with:

20 hospital beds with cardiac rest
20 standard hospital mattresses
20 standard hospital bed pillows
10 four-way foldable ward screens
20 metal bedside cupboards
20 visitors’ chairs
10 drip stands
20 hydraulic over-bed tables
10 height adjustable baby cots
2 Carl Novel baby incubators

Please see pictures of the Abia State commissioning below…
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