More institutions continue to offer various forms of assistance to augment government’s efforts aimed at fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.
One of such institutions is the Martin Luther Health Training School at Kintampo in the Bono East region which has presented assorted items worth several thousands of Ghana cedis to three bodies.
The items which included one thousand reusable nose-masks, 50 hospital gowns, and tissue-papers were presented to the Kintampo North Municipal Health Directorate, the Police and the media as a result of the key roles being played by these bodies in the fight against COVID-19.
The Principal of Martin Luther Health Training School, Kintampo campus, Ishaq Alhassan, said his outfit considered the Police and the Media amongst the front line COVID-19 workers hence, their inclusion in the list of beneficiaries of the items.
The MCE for Kintampo North, Michael Sarkodie Baffoe, who received the items on behalf of the beneficiary institutions, thanked the donors for the gesture, describing it as “timely” and urged other corporate bodies to follow suit.
For his part, the Bono East Acting Deputy Regional Director of Public Health, Dr Kwabena Fosuhene Fosu, explained that any health worker who comes in contact with a person proven to have contracted coronavirus qualifies as a front line worker.
According to him, the nurse, the lab man and all those who get in contact with the person with coronavirus infected person all fall under the same category as frontline health workers.
Later in an interview, the Dr Wil Agbenyikey, the Director and Rector of Martin Luther Health Training School, Kintampo gave the assurance that his institution will be making more of such donations in the coming weeks to help step up the fight against COVID-19.
“As an allied health institution, we understand the importance of PPEs to protect the health care providers and the community. Our quest to protect all, especially our frontline health workers, and during this COVID-19 pandemic is unwavering”, he said, adding that “our students and staff are ready to volunteer and work at any CHPS facility that may require our services. We are in this fight together”
“Our motivation is to help maintain the COVID-19 zero cases at Kintampo. And we believe front line workers are the priority in preventing the virus from entering our beloved city.”
Dr Wil Abgenyikey urged the public to wear their mask to all public places and also practice physical distancing and all the recommended hygienic practices to prevent COVID-19, adding that, “We are in this fight together. We shall continue to provide public health education and health promotion activities in Kintampo.”