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General News of Thursday, 26 March 2020

Source: GNA

World Vision donates coronavirus items to Ghana Health Service


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The World Vision Ghana, on Wednesday, presented some COVID-19 response items to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), to support the Government in its strategies against the spread of the virus.

The items were made up of 200,000 information, education and communication materials; and 40,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

It also included posters, flyers and pull-up banners that would be displayed at health centres, airports and all public places for education.

The PPE’s includes goggles, nose masks gloves, coveralls, disposable towels for hand drying, Veronica buckets, antibacterial liquid hand wash, large plastic basins, as well as foot-operated plastic waste bins.

Ms Carla Denizard, the Regional Leader for the West Africa, World Vision International, who presented the items, said: “we are all aware, the number of infected persons continues to rise and we all have the collective responsibility to support the Government so that together we can halt the further spread of the virus”.

She said it was in this light that the World Vision Ghana has stepped up its collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and working with the GHS to print and distribute the items presented to enhance the Government’s public education efforts.

She indicated that with new cases of the global pandemic increasing daily, World Vision Experts envisaged that the coronavirus would have a huge impact on the poorest and most vulnerable, thus posing a major risk to the efforts and progress made to fight poverty and hunger globally.

Ms Denizard said World Vision International was, therefore, urging governments to support a united global effort to protect the most venerable.

According to her, the World Vision International has tagged COVID-19 a Global Health Emergency Response, and as a result, had directed all its Area Programmes [GR1] in Ghana, to review their programming activities to meet the needs of this response.

She stressed that they would continue to work towards strengthening the capacities of hospitals and clinics to support the management of infections from the virus, especially by ensuring the availability of water and handwashing items.

She said they had also begun looking at ways to enhance Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes to further facilitate effectively the mandatory safety practices and protocols.

In a separate follow-up donation, the GHS also received 70 pieces of veronica buckets from Mr Abrahim Musah, a philanthropist, as his birthday gift to support efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana.

Dr Anthony Ofosu, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, who received both donations thanked the donors for their kind gesture and called on other institutions and individuals to emulate, to help break the chain of infection.

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