As part of MTN’s US$25 million donation to support the African Union’s (AU’s) COVID-19 vaccination programme, the telecoms giant has supplied Ghana with at least 165,000 AstraZeneca vaccines for health workers.
The vaccines arrived in the country two days ago and were received at the Kotoka International Airport by, Chairman of the Health Commodities Group for COVID-19 of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mathew Kyeremeh.
Even though the vaccines are specifically meant for health workers, Dr Mathew Kyeremeh said the vaccines were going to be administered to people with underlying conditions and as well as frontline workers.
In a major commitment to health on the continent, MTN made the commitment in January 2021 to accelerate the AU’s critical programme. This was aimed at securing up to seven million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, to be spread across all 55 AU member states, for health workers specifically.
MTN Ghana CEO, Selorm Adadevoh said “While the facilitation of the vaccination programme is in the hands of the Africa CDC and the African Union Vaccination Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), MTN is encouraged to see a clear plan and strong, accelerated move towards keeping Africa and its people safe and healthy.
He said, that was part of MTN’s ongoing commitment to ensure that Ghana and Africa as a whole, were not left behind.
“As a company that is committed to the prosperity and progress of Ghana and indeed the continent, we are proud to be able to make a humble contribution to the millions of vaccine doses needed to reach herd immunity,” the MTN Ghana CEO said.
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu expressed his excitement and gratitude to MTN for supplying Ghana with the first chunk of the one million vaccines expected from the AU accelerated vaccine programme.
He said: “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.”
MTN continues to call on all large corporates across various 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.