Corporate Institutions operating in Ghana have donated equipment and cash amount to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in support of the country?s preparations towards the unlikely incidence of Ebola.

Ministry of Health
Ministry of Health

Newmont Ghana, a leading mining company, presented Ebola testing equipment and protective gears in addition to other assistant package allocated to the local, regional, and national hospitals valued at GH?220,000.

The assistant package included a support in the setting up of two isolation facilities in its two operating districts of Ahafo and Akyem, training hospital staff in Ebola case management and organising educational programmes and distributing Ebola awareness materials.

Johan Ferreira, Regional Senior Vice President, Africa Operations and Head, Newmont Africa, presenting the equipment said the safety of its employees, communities and the nation as a whole remained their foremost priority.

As a result, he said the company had designed a phase management approach that details the steps they were taking to manage the disease in the event of any outbreak.

?Though Ghana has not officially recorded any case yet, it is important for us to take proactive steps to prevent and manage the deadly viral disease,? he said.

The Ghana Chamber of Mines, the country?s main minerals industry association, also donated medical supplies estimated as a cost of GH?100,000 to the ministry.

They include 225 sets of full personal protective equipment (PPEs), 65 units of infrared thermometers, 30 hospital beds and 66 gallons of bleach.

Suleman Koney, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, handing over his presentation acknowledged the efforts the country was making through the Ministry of Health to prevent the dreaded haemorrhagic fever.

He said the chamber recognises that the human being is the most important input in its quest to leverage the country?s mineral resources to foster shared prosperity and, therefore, finds it befitting as good citizens to throw their weight behind government.

Kasapreko Company Limited also presented a cheque of GH?20,000 with medical supplies worth GH? 30,000 to the ministry.

Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Asare Bampoe, receiving the items said the presentations showed an excellence example of corporate social responsibility.

?It is very welcoming, it shows government and the private sector coming together to fight a scourge that is going to affect us all. We really thank you and want to encourage you to continue in this spirit of partnership so that both in good and in bad times, we can be together,? he said.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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