Olam Ghana, one of the country’s biggest licensed cocoa buying companies has donated consignments of medical supplies to three hospitals in support of the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
The company presented the medical gear comprising N95 face masks, thermometer guns, personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfectants and sanitizers to the Dawurampong District Hospital, Sogakope District Hospital and Koforidua Regional Hospital in the Central, Volta, and Eastern regions respectively.
All three hospitals reported previous shortages of PPE. On receiving the donation, Acting Medical Superintendent at Dawurampong District Hospital, Dr. Raphael Brefo Takyi expressed gratitude for the gesture.
“Our hospital is only two years old, so we do not generate enough funds to be able to buy these supplies in sustainable quantities. What we have received from Olam today will go a long way to improve the situation here.”
Dr Ako Akoto Ampaw, Medical Director at Koforidua Hospital while lauding the donation, stressed that although the supplies may be meant for the entire region, it is appropriate that the regional hospital be well resourced since it is a referral health delivery facility.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfuor, who witnessed the donation being presented noted that frontline health workers are the ones selflessly putting themselves at risk to help others during the pandemic.
He said it was for that reason that “we are happy to have corporate institutions with a high sense of benevolence like Olam make such significant contributions to our health delivery effort.”
The donation is part of Olam Ghana’s wider relief efforts to help frontline workers and rural communities since March when the country recorded its first case of Covid-19.