In her effort to create more impact in the corporate social responsibility arena, the MTN Foundation has over the years invested over N9 billion in executing various projects in 338 locations across the 36 states of Nigeria and the federal capital territory (FCT).
The projects were in areas such as education and economic empowerment.
Disclosing this during the handover of a Yâ€™ello Doctor Mobile Medical Intervention Clinic to the Abia State government at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, the Executive Secretary of MTN Foundation, Ms Nonny Ugboma, said that the scheme was just one of the many projects under the health portfolio of the foundation.
She added that other notable projects under the portfolio included MTNF Medical Support Project (MSP), the annual MTNF community health screening and the MTNF sickle cell project.
According to her, the gesture is in keeping with the promise MTN made to Nigerians when the MTN Foundation was established in 2004; which is to improve the quality of life in our communities. She noted that through the MTN Yâ€™ello Doctor Mobile scheme, the telecom giant will be contributing to governmentâ€™s efforts to enhance the quality of health care in the country.
â€œAt MTN, we believe that health is one area where the private sector can play a visible role. That is why through the Yâ€™ello Doctor Mobile medical intervention scheme,nwebseek to contribute to the efforts of the federal and state ministries of health to improve overall health care delivery in Nigeria. It is our pledge that we will continue to work with government at all levels to enrich lives across communities in Nigeria,” she stated.
Ugboma added that under the first phase of the project, a total of six state-of-the-art mobile clinics would be deployed across six states nationwide, including Abia, Delta, Ogun and Taraba, and then one state each in the North-central and North-west geo-political zones of the country.
She noted that each vehicle was fully stocked with medical consumables and drugs and was designed to provide ready access to maternal and child health services, as well as tips on prevention of communicable/non-communicable diseases.
To actualize the project, the MTNF expressed appreciation to all her stakeholders who had continued to provide considerable support for their efforts. They include Abia state governor, Chief Theodore Orji, Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Abia state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Okechukwu Ogah, and the Director General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Mohammed.
Receiving the items, the Abia state governor, Chief Theodore Orji maintained that his government would continue to provide good and quality health care services to the people of the state, adding that the MNTFâ€™s effort was in line with his administrationâ€™s desire to bring health care services to the rural communities.
â€œGovernment of Abia state will continue to be health care friendly as we have not toiled with the health of our people. Health care provision to our people will remain my top priorityâ€, he said, adding that it is only the healthy persons will enjoy the dividends of democracy.
The governor commended the MTNF for the wonderful gesture and urged other corporate bodies to emulate them in ensuring that the people are part of their progress.