The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Reverend Professor J.O.Y. Mante, said as the country begins to see the soaring of COVID-19 cases in recent times, care should be taken to protect lives.
He said: “We should not take things for granted or else with our limited resources the virus will eat us up like it did in Europe.”
Rev. Prof Mante said this when the Presbyterian Relief Services and Development (PRS&D) and the ACT Alliance through the Presbyterian Development Assistance, USA has donated Personal Protective Equipment to the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital at a short ceremony in Accra.
He urged Managers of hospitals to take care of their staff and patients to protect them against the pandemic.
The items, worth GHC31,000 include 15 pieces Infra-red Thermometer, 100 pieces of Jumbo Size Tissues, 50 gallons of liquid soap, 60 pieces of disposable gowns,80 boxes of disposable gloves, 80 pieces of rubber aprons, 25 gallons of hand sanitizers; and 10 pieces of handy clean wash systems.
The Reverend Daniel Edmond Asante, the Director of the PRS&D, said the ACT Alliance donated Five Thousand dollars to assist the Church’s efforts to fight COVID-19 in Ghana.
He said the management of PRS&D decided to use the grant to assist the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital because of its strategic location and expressed their appreciation to the ACT Alliance for the support to the Church in Ghana.
Mr Samuel Fianko Gyan, the General Manager of Presbyterian Hospital, Bawku said expressed his gratitude to the donors and the Church and assured them that the items would be put to good use.
He announced that the hospital recorded 20 suspected cases; two cases passed on. All the staff who came into contact with the affected persons tested negative.
He, therefore, pledged management preparedness to continue to work harder within their mandate to help the people.
In another development, the Ecumenical and Social Relations, a Department of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana with support from the Protestant Church of the Palatinate, Germany also donated items worth 10,000 Euros to both Bawku and Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospitals.
Their items are 40 boxes of K95 face masks, 20 pairs of gumboots, 14 boxes of disposable gloves, 58 pieces of goggles, 18 gallons of liquid soap, 100 pieces of Jumbo Size Tissues, 36 pieces of Surgical gown-levels, 90 pieces of overall, 16 gallons of disinfectant, 14 boxes of nose mask, 18 boxes of sanitisers and eight pieces of infra-red Thermometer.
The Reverend Ezekiel Amadu Daribi, the General of the Presbyterian Hospital, said the donation from the Protestant Church of the Palatinate, Germany was through Ecumenical partnership relations they have with the Church in Ghana and was to support its efforts in fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic in the country.
He announced that plans are underway for special arrangements for the Hospitals’ Chaplain to subsidies the prescription of the poor in their catchment areas.
Rev. Daribi said the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital also recorded four suspected cases but all tested negative.