- They also equipped the health center with 10 hospital beds, mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets to a tune of Shs 70 million
- Arua district contributes up to 80-percent of the market shares for MTN in the Country
Arua– MTN Uganda on Friday handed over Aroi HC III Maternity Ward after renovating it and re-equipping it as part of the 20-year celebration of being in business in Uganda.
The maternity ward that is located along Arua –Koboko road in Arua district was renovated, repainted and equipped with 10 hospital beds, mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets to a tune of Shs 70 million.
The Acting CEO MTN Uganda, Gordian Kyomukama, during the handover on Friday, said renovating and equipping Aroi HC III is part of fulfilling their corporate responsibility to the people.
The in charge Aroi HC III Jane Brenda Candiru commended MTN for improving on the maternity ward, which she said has been in a sorry state, with some of the pregnant mothers sometimes sleeping on the floor.
“About 62 mothers deliver here at the health facility per month. But our experience is that with the absence of Mama Kits and lack of required equipment like beds, many have opted to deliver elsewhere including at homes. This pose a great risk for both the mother and the baby. This will encourage more deliveries at the center.”
Relief: MTN CEO Gordian Kyomukama (holding child) with other staff at the Health center.
Paul Bishop Drileba, the acting DHO Arua district revealed that Aroi HC III has a catchment of 25,000 people with an annual turn up of 5,000 patients, 1400 pregnancies, but that in the last six months it had 68 out of expected 115 deliveries.
He however added that with the renovation and equipment of the health unit by MTN Uganda Foundation, the turn up of women will go up.
Maurine Osoru the woman MP for Arua district who, presided over the handover of the renovated Aroi maternity ward commended the telecom company for improving on the conditions for pregnant mothers and children at Aroi.
Some of the government health centers do not have adequate bedding facilities, something that has made them to be crowded and patients to sleep on the floor. This discourages the pregnant mothers especially and they opt for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). The patients hoped that this would improve on their living conditions in the heath center.
There was excitement during the commissioning as a pregnant woman delivered at the newly.