The Chinese Embassy in Ghana has donated medical supplies worth GHC 480,000 (US$ 80,000) to the University of Ghana Medical Centre.
The supplies include 15 ventilators with 60 nasal masks, 20,000 medical masks, 1,600 N95 masks, 120 protective suits, 100 medical goggles.
Food items were also donated to staff of the hospital.
The donation, according to the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Shi Ting Wang, was to help the University of Ghana Medical Centre in its contribution to the country’s fight against the coronavirus.
Shi Ting Wang also pledged China’s continual support to Ghana.
“In the face of COVID-19, China and Africa have withstood the test of a severe challenge and offered mutual support and fought shoulder to shoulder with each other. China is the first country to send medical supplies by chartered flight to Ghana. We shared experience in disease prevention and control, sent medical expert teams and providing anti-epidemic materials. We will continue to do so in the future,” he said.
Receiving the items, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, expressed gratitude to the Chinese embassy.
He expressed that the items donated, will go a long way to help the hospital play its role in Ghana’s fight against COVID-19.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ghana’s deputy Health Minister, Dr. Benard Oko-Boye urged the public to adhere to the safety protocols for the prevention of the spread of the virus.
“We as a people are going to win the war over COVID-19, that is an absolute! The only thing is that we want to do is expedite the process so that the battle will be overseen so that we don’t loose more lives and we don’t have many people being sick. To achieve this there ought to be partnership not only from our friends in other countries but also from citizens as well. We don’t have to chase citizens with the police and the army before you put on your mask or before you protect yourself. Staying alive is not the responsibility of only the government and health facilities it is the responsibility of all “
He also asked Ghanaians to trust institutions that are leading in the fight against the diseases.
“In Ghana, we are not only being fed with our data in terms of COVID-19, we also get regular address from the President. Beyond transparency, we should continue to trust state institutions when they give us figures on what is happening,” he added.
Present at the ceremony was the Deputy Minister for Health, Dr. Benard Oko-Boye, CEO of the UG Medical Centre, Dr. Darius Osei, Provost of College of Health Sciences; Prof. Patrick Ayeh-Kumi and other dignitaries from the Chinese embassy.
Story by: Eunice O. Young | universnewsroom.com