Former President John Dramani Mahama, on Monday, 6 April 2020, presented a total of 100 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and 100 pairs of gumboots to health workers at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to support their work in managing the COVID-19 disease.
The presentation is part of a total of 650 PPE and 650 gumboots procured by Mr Mahama, who is also the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), for distribution to a number of medical facilities across the country.
The Chairman of the NDC’s COVID-19 Technical Team, Prosper Bani, who presented the items on behalf of the NDC flag bearer, thanked the country’s frontline health workers for their dedication, hard work and sacrifice as the nation grapples with the coronavirus.
Mr Bani, who was accompanied by other members of the NDC’s COVID-19 Team, urged the government to work faster to ensure the urgent supply of the required protective clothing and logistics for the health workers to maintain their confidence as they come into contact with hundreds of people during these times.
The Chief Executive of Korle Bu, Dr Daniel Asare, who received the items, thanked Mr Mahama for the support, pledging that the hospital will put them to good use.
As part of Mr Mahama’s support for the country’s health workers, a quantity of PPE and gumboots are being presented to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Ho Teaching Hospital, Effia Nkwanta Hospital, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and Koforidua Government Hospital today.
Speaking at a ceremony on Saturday to announce the supply of the materials, Mr Mahama said he was deeply touched by the enthusiasm and the sacrifice of the health workers, adding: “I, John Dramani Mahama, appreciate you all, and Ghanaians appreciate you all”.
He also lamented the non-availability of protective clothing for the health workers. “I must quickly add that it is not a good thing that health workers, across the country, still, do not have personal protective equipment. This is obviously because we did not plan early as a country and our importation of test kits was also late. Also the demand for test kits and PPEs have outstripped supply globally.”
Mr Bani, who is also a former Chief of Staff, was accompanied by his colleagues; former Minister of Health Mr Alex Segbefia; Dr Ebow Jehu-Appiah, a former General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association; and Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, MP for Klottey Korle.
Also in the delegation were the MP for Ablekuma South, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuye; the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NDC, Mr Joseph Ade Coker and the Ablekuma South Constituency Chairman of the NDC, Mr Geoffrey Attakli Banini.