Former President John Dramani Mahama has presented some medical supplies to the Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital in Accra to contain coronavirus (COVID-19) and enhance general healthcare delivery.
The items included 100 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 100 gum boots, 120 doctors’ scrubs, 50 patients’ gowns, 30 theatre gowns and 400 packs of bottled drinking water.
The gesture, according to the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), follows reports of shortage of PPE and other materials required by the frontline medical personnel at the hospital which is one of the facilities managing the COVID-19.
In a presentation on Sunday, the former President expressed the hope that the items would help in protecting the staff of the hospital as they go about their work.
“We all in Ghana, appreciate the work you are doing. You are the frontline defence of the population against the disease and we must all support you to be able to protect us”, he said.
Medical Director in-charge of the Ridge Hospital, Dr Emmanuel Srofenyoh, who received the items, thanked the former President, saying “[They] are really the things that we have been lacking, particularly the PPE, surgical face masks, coveralls, and the items that are really needed
“When a staff wants to gown and attend to a patient, it takes up to about 20 to 30 minutes to complete the gowning. And the items that are used after one usage, you have to discard all of them, and come in for a fresh one. It is for this reason that the demand is so high.”
President Mahama was accompanied by the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the Chairman of the NDC COVID-19 Technical Team, Prosper Bani and the MP for Klottey Korle Dr Zanetor Agemang-Rawlings.
BY TIMES REPORTER