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Health News of Monday, 30 March 2020


Coronavirus: Tobinco Pharmaceuticals donates medical supplies to Ministry of Health

Kwaku Agyemang-Manu receiving the medical supplies from Tobinco Kwaku Agyemang-Manu receiving the medical supplies from Tobinco

One of the leading pharmaceutical companies in West Africa, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited, has donated medical supplies worth GHC251,000 to the Ministry of Health.

The donation, which was made on Friday at the Premises of the Ministry, aims at complementing the government’s effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The products donated included immune-boosting drugs such as Tofcee, and Zincvite manufactured by the Entrance Pharmaceuticals and Research Centre, also a member of the Tobinco Group. Boxes of Omal hand sanitizer, boxes of hand gloves.

The company also donated a specially designed hand-washing device, which allows people to wash their hands without touching it. Chairman of Tobinco Group, the parent company of the Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited, Elder Samuel Nana Amo Tobbin I, called on fellow pharmaceutical companies to come out and support Ghanaians as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nana Amo Tobbin noted that the country is in crisis and that there is the need for philanthropists and other groups to support the citizenry particularly those in the rural areas to safeguard their safety against the disease.

He further explained that gesture was in line with Tobinco Pharmaceuticals’ Corporate Social Responsibility. ‘As one of the top pharmaceutical companies in Africa, we see this as a responsibility to help combat this global pandemic,’ the business mogul noted.

The Tobinco boss urged the public to adhere to the safety guidelines provided by the health authorities to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, who received the donation on behalf of the government expressed gratitude to Chairman Amo Tobbin for the kind gesture. According to him, the coronavirus situation has brought to the fore the need for Ghanaians to depend on products and services made in Ghana.

A total of five persons have so far been confirmed dead after being infected with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ghana. This was announced by the Ghana Health Service on Saturday, March 28, 2020. 141 cases have also been confirmed.

President Nana Akufo-Addo in his latest precautionary measure to stem the tide in the virus spread announced a partial two-week lockdown of the Accra metropolitan area, Tema, Kasoa and the Kumasi metropolitan area which have been identified as hotspots for the virus.

During the lockdown which takes effect from 1:00 a.m. Monday, residents in the affected areas will be allowed access to essential services, including shopping for foodstuffs, fuel or power and the use of public toilets.

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