The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other essential items to four health institutions in the Central Region as support to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The beneficiary institutions are; the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Ajumako District Hospital and two other polyclinics in the Ajumako/ Enyan/ Essiam District.
Making the donation, the ADB Managing Director, Dr. John Kofi Mensah called on Ghanaians to support government in the fight against the pandemic.
According to Dr. Kofi Mensah, the coronavirus pandemic had affected both economic and social activities in the country hence the need for all to abide by the health protocols.
“The major support we can give to government in times like this is to observe all the health protocols outlined by the Ministry of health and Ghana health Service, especially the wearing of face mask, observing social distancing and washing of hands frequently with soap under running water and the use of alcohol based hand sanitizers” he said.
Dr. Kofi Mensah said though government was putting in all necessary effort to flatten the curve of the pandemic, the bigger responsibility was on the citizenry to ensure that safety precautions were observed at all times.
According to him, the donation was part of the Bank’s commitment in ensuring that hospitals and clinics were equipped to deal with the coronavirus cases.
“Our health professionals are putting their lives at risk to save us, it is therefore necessary for us to also support them and give them the encouragement that we are with them in these difficult times,” he said.
Dr. Kofi Mensah reiterated the bank’s commitment to assisting government and the health institutions to find a solution to the pandemic for Ghanaians can return to their normal lives.
He revealed “With approval from our Board, an amount of One Million Ghana Cedis (GHS1 million) was devoted as our support in fighting the pandemic,” he said.
The Deputy Cape Coast Regional Minister, Mr. Thomas Agyei Baffour, thanked the Bank for the gesture and indicated that the items were timely as they had recorded some cases.
He said the items would further boost the morale of the Doctors and Nurses to give out their best in helping people affected by the virus.