Former President John Dramani Mahama has presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and pairs of Gum Boots to health workers at Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
The donation on Tuesday, April 7, was aimed at supporting their work towards managing the COVID-19 disease ravaging nations globally.
The presentation was part of a total of 650 PPEs and 650 gum boots procured at a cost of twenty thousand dollars ($20, 000) by Mr. Mahama, who is also the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for distribution to a number of medical facilities across the country.
The Western Regional Chairman of the NDC, Nana Kojo Toku, made the presentation on behalf of the former President at Sekondi.
As part of his contribution to fight the virus, the former leader formed the COVID-19 Technical Team to assist in public education.
Following this, he also engaged in making the donations being presented to the major health facilities with quality health items including PPE’s on behalf of the NDC.
Making the donation on his (Flagbearer) behalf, Nana Kojo Toku thanked the country’s frontline health workers for their dedication, hard work and sacrifice as the nation grapples with the coronavirus.
Nana Toku was accompanied by other leading members of the NDC. They were, Joseph Nelson, Regional Secretary of NDC, Japhet Baidoo, Regional Organizer, and a member of the NDC COVID-19 Team, Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah.
He urged government to work faster to ensure the urgent supply of the required protective clothing and logistics for the health workers to maintain their confidence as they come into contact with hundreds of people during these tying times.
Dr Joseph K. Tambil, who received the items on behalf of the Hospital, thanked President Mahama for the support, pledging that the hospital will put them to good use.
As part of Mr. Mahama’s support for the country’s health workers, a quantity of PPE’s and gum boots have already been presented to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Ho Teaching Hospital, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and Koforidua Government Hospital.
Speaking at a ceremony last Saturday to announce the supply of the materials, President Mahama said he was deeply touched by the enthusiasm and the sacrifice of the health workers, adding that “I, John Dramani Mahama, appreciate you all, and Ghanaians appreciate you all”.
He also lamented the non-availability of protective clothing for the health workers.
“I must quickly add that it is not a good thing that health workers, across the country, still, do not have personal protective equipment. This is obviously because we did not plan early as a country
and our importation of test kits was also late. Also, the demand for test kits and PPEs have outstripped supply globally.”
Story filed by Marie Aziz Tunde.