Ghana receives MTN sponsored AstraZeneca
MTN’s US$25 million donation to support the African Union’s (AU’s)
COVID-19 vaccination programme is on track to administer
165,000 AstraZeneca doses to health workers.
The vaccines arrived in the country two days ago and were
received at the Kotoka International Airport by Dr Mathew Kyeremeh,
Chairman of the Health Commodities Group for COVID-19 of
the Ministry of Health.
Dr Kyeremeh expressed his gratitude to MTN and said the
vaccines were going to be administered to people with
underlying conditions and frontline workers.
In a major commitment to the health of the continent,
MTN made the commitment in January 2021 to accelerate
the AU’s critical program. This was aimed at securing up to
seven million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine overall,
to be spread across all 55 AU member states, for healthcare
workers specifically. “While the facilitation of the vaccination
program is in the hands of the Africa CDC and the African
Union Vaccination Acquisition Task Team, MTN is encouraged
to see a clear plan and strong, accelerated move towards keeping
Africa and its people safe and healthy. This is part of our ongoing
commitment to ensure that Ghana and Africa as a whole,
is not left behind,” says Selorm Adadevoh, Chief Executive Officer
of MTN Ghana. “As a company that is committed to the
prosperity and progress of Ghana and indeed the continent,
for MTN’s part, we are proud to be able to make a humble
contribution to the millions of vaccine doses needed to reach
herd immunity,” he said. “We are excited and grateful to be
receiving this share of the first one million doses as part of
the AU’s accelerated vaccine program,
supported by MTN. While we are still in the early stages of the
vaccine race, this initial contribution offers some very welcome
relief as we start seeing the programme coming to fruition to the
benefit of our dedicated healthcare workers,”
says Kwaku Agyeman Manu, Minister of Health.
MTN continues to call on all large corporates across industry
sectors, to play their part by contributing to this and similar
initiatives that can fast-track the rollout of much-needed
vaccines to help get the virus under control. Following the
outbreak of Coronavirus in Ghana, the MTN Ghana Foundation
has supported Ghanaians with some major interventions to lessen
the impact of the pandemic. MTN donated GHc5 million worth
of PPEs to the National Covid Trust Fund. Again, the Foundation
donated essential equipment to the Noguchi Memorial Institute
for Medical Research to enable rapid testing and data processing.
The Foundation also donated over 80,00 face masks to 30 hospitals
across the country. With the surge in COVID-19 cases in 2021,
the Foundation recently donated PPEs to 15 Senior High Schools
and 29 Hospitals. MTN Ghana also zero-rated several public websites
providing health and other COVID-19 related information as well as over
200 websites for academic use by public and private educational institutions.
Other educational campaigns such as the ‘BE WISE’ campaign and
MTN’s global ‘#WearItForMe’ marketing initiative were undertaken
to build awareness around the importance of correctly wearing a
face mask to combat the spread of the virus.
As at the end of December 2020, the cumulative value of MTN
Ghana’s efforts to fighting COVID-19 was GH¢139 million.
MTN Ghana is the market leader in the increasingly competitive
mobile telecommunications industry in Ghana, offering subscribers
a range of exciting options under Pay Monthly and Pay As You
Go Services and Mobile Financial Services.
The company has committed itself to delivering reliable and innovative
services that provide value for subscribers in Ghana’s telecommunications market.
Since its entry into Ghana in 2006, MTN has continuously invested in
expanding and modernising its network in order to offer superior
services to a broad expanse of the nation.