In the wake of the global pandemic Covid -19, health care providers seriously need to be well protected in order to deliver quality health care. Hence, the World Child Cancer (WCC) has today Thursday, 9th April, 2020, made a donation of PPEs and other medical consumables worth over GHS 100,000 to Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals.
Presenting the items, Madam Serwaa Owusu-Ansah, the Programs Coordinator for World Child Cancer (WCC), said, “It is very paramount to protect the health care workers who are delivering services to the children especially, children suffering from childhood cancers both in Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals.
So this is the brain behind our intervention today to provide these PPEs and medical consumables to the healthcare workers to promptly deliver the other healthcare services without putting them at risk.”
According to her, WCC believes no child should suffer from cancer as such they provide the needed support, transport, diagnostics and treatment to children and their caregivers as well as health care providers.
The items they purchased worth over GH¢100,000, and they include medical consumables like glucometer, gan thermometer, syringes, as well as bed sheets, and also infection prevention consumerbles like parazo, liquid soaps as well as sanitizers and most importantly the PPEs.
Receiving the donations on behalf of the Department of Child Health centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Prof. Lorna Awo Renner, the Head of Child Cancer Unit, and Consultant at the Child Health Department, said, “We are most grateful to World Child Cancer (WCC) which is a British Charity which has been supporting childhood cancer in Ghana since 2010.”
She indicated that, “This time in the Covid-19 problem, they decided to assist us with various items including some PPEs, sanitizers, tissues, blood pressure machines, cardiac monitors and a lot of other things and this will go a long way to help us protect our health workers and to help us deliver quality service to all the children who come to the department and particularly for children with cancer who are very vulnerable, will be able to continue their treatment because we have the facilities for prevention of infection and to hopefully help prevent the spread of any Covid-19.”
“So we are most grateful to WCC and we look forward to a long collaboration with them to help our children in the country.” Prof. Awo Renner reiterated.
She also noted that, “I know we’re still in the era of Covid-19, but we should remember that other diseases are also there so we should not forget all other diseases that people in Ghana suffer from in the country because other people cannot lose their lives when we’re just focusing on one disease. And for me, my area is childhood cancers so we should still remember that early detection and early treatment can save the lives of a lot of our children with cancer and we’re still treating them as much as we can.
So what we’ve done is the children who are on treatment, most of them and thankfully for the Department of Child Health we’ve put them at the mothers hostel so that they will not come in contact in the community with any of our people who may have Covid-19 and some organizations like the Indian women’s Association, they have taken it upon themselves to provide foodstuffs for the women. So the women are not even going to the market, they have all the foodstuffs they need to cook and look after the children and then they come and receive the treatment so that they don’t have to travel on the public transport or travel from outside Accra to come and received treatment because we don’t want the children in trying to do the lockdown rather, they die from the cancer. So most of them are staying in the mother’s hostel and we assist them.
We’re still seeing our children. Yes we know children are our future, so are doing whatever we can do to preserve their lives.”
According to her they have put in place preventive measures like hand washing, social distancing and using of the hand sanitizer. They check to make sure none of them have any symptoms, and will do all they can to minimise their contact with any possible people who may have Covid-19.
Prof. Lorna Awo Renner, advised that, “We should stay at home as much as possible in general just as we say to the general public to stay at home so that your children are not exposed unnecessarily to crowds or people who are infected. We must effect strict hand washing as frequently as often, apply the sanitizer as well. And if you do have to go out then I would advise that you wear a face mask.”