To supplement the efforts of government and private entities in fighting the COVID-19 in Ghana, the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church, Ghana, on Wednesday, presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals.
Beneficiary hospitals were; the Ga East Municipal Hospital, the Suntreso Government Hospital in Kumasi, and 29 hospitals and clinics established by the Church and managed by the ‘Ghana Adventist Health Services’ across the country.
The PPE valued at ¢150,000.00 comprised 500 pieces of medical overalls, 500 pieces of protective goggles, 8,500 pieces of facemasks, 500 gloves, 80 pieces of infrared thermometers, 65 gallons of hand sanitizers and 100 packs of bottled water.
The Church also received over 1,000 boxes of ‘Lan T” Soy milk drinks from the Lantianyi Company Limited, a Chinese beverage distribution company, to be given to health workers and patients in the beneficiary hospitals.
The Church earlier donated an amount of GH¢100,000.00 to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund to aid the management of the disease in the country.
It has also dedicated 100 days for its members and Christians to join in fasting and prayer for the healing of COVID-19 patients and deliverance of the world from the pandemic.
Dr William Y. K. Brown, the Country Director of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the charitable arm of the Church, said the gesture was to support Government in its interventions to control the spread of the disease.
He noted that ADRA was undertaking similar gestures in 50 other countries hit by COVID-19.
The Church, he said, appreciated the efforts of governments in stemming the spread of COVID-19 as well as that of health workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight.
“I will also commend the families of frontline health workers for giving them the moral support to protect and secure the lives of the citizenry in this challenging period. Because if they had not given them the moral support, they would not be able to face this fight,” he said.
Dr Brown expressed gratitude to ADRA, ADRA Africa, the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints, and the SDA Church for their contributions towards the gesture.
Dr Ebenezer Oduro-Mensah, the Medical Superintendent of the Ga East Municipal Hospital, who received the items on behalf of the hospital and its patients expressed their gratitude to the Church and its supporters for making the management of the COVID-19, a concern of the church.
He said the PPE, would go a long way to give frontline health workers confidence to support COVID-19 patients.
Government, he said, was doing its best to control the canker, however, its efforts would not yield complete results without the support of private entities.
“We appreciate you and believe this will not be the end of our relationship with you,” he said.
Mr Samuel Dodzie, Head of Administration, Suntreso Government Hospital, who received the items on behalf of his facility, thanked the SDA Church for the kind gesture, which, he said, arrived at the right time.
“The protective gears have come at the right time when we need them. Without them, it will be difficult for health workers to play their part in the combat of the pandemic.
I pray that the good Lord blesses the Church, and replenish their pocket and coffers just as they supported the nation wholeheartedly,” he added.