Accra: April 1, 2020: Four institutions have received large quantities of hand hygiene materials and cheques totaling Ghc200,000 from the Methodist Church Ghana to help the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The items include gun thermometers, large quantities of industrial ethanol, paracetamol, Veronica Buckets, hand gloves, mask, bleach, liquid soap, tissue papers and cheques to the Ministry of Health, Noguchi Memorial Institute, Ghana Prisons Service and some Methodist Health facilities in rural areas in the country.
The Ministry of Health received a Cheque for Ghc 20,000 and 100 gallons of hand sanitizers and GHc 5,000 worth of paracetamol, while Noguchi Memorial Research Institute received two drums of industrial ethanol worth Ghc 15,000 and a cheque for Ghc10,000 for other items they would need.
The Ghana Prison Service benefited from Ghc 5,000 cash to purchase their items while the Methodist Health facilities in the country received Ghc30,000 worth of materials comprising Veronica Buckets, gun thermometers, liquid soaps, gloves, tissue papers and bleach and 100 gallons of hand sanitizers valued.
Presenting the Items, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Most Rev Dr. Paul K. Boafo, said such crisis was God’s own way of calling the attention of nations that he alone was the true God who must be honoured and feared and that all men must seek him.
He said the country was not in normal times and that period, therefore, demanded solidarity, unity and sharing from all and it was in that spirits that the Methodist Church had donated in support of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s quality leadership and guidance in response to the pandemic.
He announced that the Methodist Church Ghana had commenced processes to help the government’s effort to provide factual information to stop rumors, stigma and the rate of infection of COVID-19 among Ghanaians in the rural and deprived communities.
Consequently, Dr Boafo said, the Church had mobilized and activated all its health teams throughout the country to use every available means including house to house, social media, and mass media among others for education.
He said the Methodist had from the onset followed the protocols spelled out by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation and added that “we stand here and reiterate our commitment that we will continue to observe the hand hygiene and all other protocols to prevent the spread of the disease”.
The Minister of Health, Mr. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, commended the Church for their support in the efforts at dealing with the pandemic and said the crisis had offered the state and the church a greater opportunity to increase their collaboration.
“This demonstration is a milestone that we all have to emulate. I must express the appreciation of the President, myself and the entire nation for the gesture you have shown. I will send the message to the President and I believe in good time you will hear from him,” he added.