Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell licensee, has once again demonstrated its commitment to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by donating over six thousand items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the National COVID Case Management Team.
The donation forms part of the company’s comprehensive programme on COVID-19 prevention to complement the government’s efforts at containing the virus and providing protection for frontline workers, especially those in the health sector.
The PPE includes 4000 examination and surgical gloves, 1000 N95 respirators, 1000 goggles and 500 coveralls.
Presenting the items at the Ga East District Municipal Hospital, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr. Ben Hassan Ouattara, commended the hard work and selfless sacrifices of the COVID-19 Management Team and the frontline workers for proactively working to contain the pandemic.
“In line with our vision of becoming Ghana’s most respected energy business, we have also been at the forefront of supporting the government’s efforts in fighting COVID-19 through our community investment initiatives. We funded an e-learning application for students at home and donated hand sanitizers and liquid soaps to some major bus terminals and retail stations”, he said.
Mr. Ouattara added that the company, together with its business partners, has launched a Retailer Sustainability Programme to facilitate the decentralisation of its COVID-19 prevention support in various communities.
He assured the public that in line with the company’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) intervention processes, it has equipped its Shell service stations with hand sanitizers and other cleaning solutions as a precautionary measure. Customer Service Champions have also been encouraged to wash their hands regularly and sanitize them as often as possible when transacting business on the Point of Sale devices. The company has also introduced other electronic payment options like mobile money at some of its service stations to reduce the handling of cash.
The Coordinator for the National COVID Case Management Team, Dr. Ali Samba who received the items, expressed his appreciation and commendation to the management and staff of Vivo Energy Ghana for the kind gesture.
“On behalf of the National COVID-19 Case Management Team and our frontline workers, we wish to express our profound gratitude to Vivo Energy Ghana for its timely and much needed intervention. As one of the treatment centres for COVID-19 cases, we are excited about the donation, as PPE plays a very important the role in the management of the virus”, he said.
Commenting on the number of cases, Dr. Samba said the Ga East Municipal Hospital has so far provided medical care for over 160 patients, discharged about 115, and hopeful that the support will further ensure an increase in the number of recoveries.
He advised everyone to observe the safety protocols and the President’s directives on the lock down.