Tamale, Jan. 31, GNA - Winners of the MTN\'s special malaria \"What do you know\" quiz competition have donated 1,200 Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (ITNs) to six hospitals across the country.
The competition brought together a cross-section of the MTN staff to compete amongst themselves on issues of the malaria disease. At the end of the competition the three winners, namely Albert Adjekum, Alhassan Abdul-Fatawu and Andrew Nii Bonney-Quist, were presented with their packages to donate to hospitals of their choice.
The competition formed part of the numerous malaria related projects the staff of the company executed in 2010 as part of the annual Y\'ello care challenge. During the exercise last year, a number of MTN operating countries in Africa including MTN Ghana undertook several malaria related initiatives towards the realization of the goal of the United Against Malaria (UAM) initiative.
MTN Ghana operating unit was eventually declared winner of the 2010 Y\'ello Care challenge by the MTN group with a prize of US 100,000.00, which was to support new community development initiatives for the year 2011.
Mr. Alhassan Abdul-Fatawu, Corporate Communications Service Advisor of MTN and the second winner, on Monday donated his package of 400 ITNs to the Tamale West Hospital and the Yendi Government Hospital.
Presenting the items, Mr. Abdul-Fatawu said it was an opportunity for him to assist the community in which he grew up and to help improve their living conditions by assisting to fight against the spread of malaria.
He said, according to the United Nations, malaria had been estimated to cost Africa more than US12 billion every year in lost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) even though it could be controlled for a fraction of the amount.
He identified intensified public education and awareness as a key to the fight against the malaria menace.
Dr. Bashiru Abdul-Majeed, Medical Superintendent of the Tamale West Hospital who received the items on behalf of the hospital, commended MTN and Mr. Abdul-Fatawu for their kind gesture and promised that the nets would be used for their intended purpose.