Rotarians in Ghana came together to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Ghana Association of Doctors in Residency (GADOR) to facilitate the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The items which cost GHS115,000 included hand sanitiser, N95 masks, protective eye shields, surgical gloves, face masks, examination gloves, coveralls and handwashing soaps among others.
Funding for the items donated were mobilized through generous donations from Rotary Clubs in Ghana, individual Rotarians, and their friends and families.
The request is in line with Disease Prevention and Control which is one of the Six Areas of Focus of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
This is the first in a series of donations to be made. Additional items are being procured to support the response to COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Presenting the items on behalf of his fellow Rotarians, the Co-chairman of the Rotarians in Ghana COVID-19 Response Team, Assistant Governor Nii Akwei Addo said the act was in response to a request made by the Doctors in Resident’s group through some of their members who are Rotarians.
“We are pleased to be of help as you continue to provide service to us all”. He said this will not be the last as Rotary will continue to support the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Shortage of PPEs
The General Secretary of GADOR, Dr Florence Akumiah who received the items on behalf of the association commended Rotarians in Ghana for their kind gesture.
“This means a lot to us because most of our members are still working without any protection. There is a shortage of such products in the market and government supply is also delaying, we are happy that people are coming in to help us,” she said.
“Most of our members have already been infected and are on quarantine, we have to curb this situation because if it persists and we are all being sent to quarantine, there wouldn’t be anyone to help fight this outbreak,” she stressed.
Dr Akumiah further called for other corporate organisations and philanthropist to also support them with more PPEs to help boost the confidence of the frontline workers to help stop the pandemic.
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