Former President John Dramani Mahama has donated some personal protective equipment (PPE) worth several thousands of Ghana cedis to the Nalerigu Baptist Medical Center and Walewale Municipal Hospital in the North East Region to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
The donation is the latest contribution the leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made as part of his nationwide offer of assistance to the citizenry in the wake of a pandemic that has so far claimed 10 lives in Ghana and killed more than 100, 000 people globally.
The former Director of Ridge Hospital Dr Thomas Anaaba, led a contingent of the covid-19 team and the NDC regional and constituency executives in handing over the PPE to the hospitals on behalf of the former president.
The items donated to the Walewale hospital included 40 pieces of PPEs and inside a pack of a PPE has the gown, N95, nose mask, a goggle, and a hand sanitizer. Other items include 40 pieces of gumboots and 41 pieces of liquid soap.
Dr Thomas Anaaba presented the items to management of the Walewale hospital on behalf of the former president and the NDC COVID-19 Response Team. Other members of the covid team include Dr. Vida Yarkong and Dr. Prosper Akanbong who were all present.
The medical supritendent of the Walewale hospital, Dr. Shahadu Shabila Shaibu who received the items on behalf of management and staff of the hospital thanked the former president and his team for the kind gesture. He declared that the items presented will go a long way to help the hospital in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
In Nalerigu the team again donated 48 bottles of liquid soap, 40 bottles of hand robbing sanitizer, 4 gallons of 5 liters each of hand sanitizer, 30 boxes of examination gloves, 120 bottled water and 20 boxes of face mask of 15 to the Baptist Medical Center.
“The former President is reaching out to all facilities around the country to support them with items that will help them do their work. He extends his profound gratitude to all health workers across the country for the good work you are doing. He is aware of the challenges that you do have; most of it dwells on the lack of PPE. If you (health workers) have nothing to protect yourselves, there is no way you are going to fight the battle”. Dr. Thomas Anaba stated in his address.
In receiving the items on behalf of the Baptist Medical Center, the administrator Dr. Edward Eddae stated that the items came in at the right time as health personnel were working under difficult times without protective wears.
“people always ask why we are not wearing face mask and the answer is simple, is because we don’t have” he stressed.
The North East region has so far recorded two cases of covid-19 with one death whiles several others are still observing mandatory quarantine after contact tracing.
Story By: Mahama Issifu Mashood