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Health News of Friday, 27 March 2020

Source: GNA

Health Directorate appeals for support to stem coronavirus spread

The Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Directorate of Health on Wednesday, appealed to philanthropists, benevolent organisations, corporate and religious institutions to support the Directorate in its efforts to stem the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the three Regions.

Dr. Kofi Amo-Kodieh, a Deputy Director in-charge of Clinical Care who made the appeal, said the Directorate required more sanitizers, gloves, washing bowls, nose masks and Veronica buckets to be distributed among major hospital and health centres in the Regions.

He was interacting with the media in Sunyani, when Mackenzie Ghana Limited, manufacturers of sporting kits presented 1,000 re-usable nose masks worth GHC10,000.00 to support the Directorate in its efforts to control the spread of the COVID-19.

Dr. Amo-Kodieh explained that handwashing with soap under running water and use of sanitizers were the effective ways of protecting oneself from contracting the disease.

He said though the Directorate had stepped up measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in the three Regions, the general public must also adhere strictly to experts’ advice.

Nana Dr. Owusu Boampong, the Director of Administration at the Directorate thanked the company for the support, and expressed the hope that other organisations would emulate that gesture.

He said the Regional Hospital in Sunyani and the Sunyani Municipal Hospital, had created holding rooms to contain suspected cases, saying the items would be supplied to the facilities.

Mr. Michael Asare Yeboah, the Managing Director of Mackenzie Ghana Limited, said the COVID-19 outbreak was a national health burden that required concerted efforts to tackle.

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