Unilever Ghana PLC has donated seven handheld ventilators to the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC) and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to support their effort in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Legon-based Medical Centre received four ventilators while the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital received three.

Michael Otchere Duah, the HR Director of Unilever Ghana who led the Unilever Ghana team to make the donation, noted that the donation is an addition to the many product donations and awareness campaigns Unilever had extended to institutions and organisations to support the fight against Covid-19.

He was hopeful the equipment would serve the institutions and the people of Ghana well.

The Chief Executive Officer of the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC), Dr. Darius Kofi Osei, thanked Unilever Ghana for the kind gesture and assured the equipment will be put to good use.

He indicated that the institution’s 1000 bed facility has been one of the frontline health facilities for the treatment of Covid-19 cases and their staff have had to work hard to protect lives.

The Ag. CEO of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Ali Samba, on his part said, “These are vital equipment which will contribute immensely to healthcare delivery and equip the Hospital in its effort at fighting the spread of coronavirus.

“I call on other corporate bodies and stakeholders to emulate this good gesture by Unilever Ghana Limited”. 

Dr. Samba was happy about the lower Covid-19 infection numbers recorded lately but cautioned that the disease was still around, hence the need to continue with the observance of all the preventive protocols.

Handwashing with soap under running water, the use of hand sanitizers, wearing of nose masks and face shields, and the observance of social distancing must therefore be the order of the day, he added.

Unilever Ghana PLC is a company listed on the Ghana stock exchange. It has a factory and distribution center in Ghana. It employs a largely Ghanaian workforce.

It produces, distributes, and markets Home Care, Personal Care and Foods products. Its brands include Key Soap, Lifebuoy, Guardian Carbolic, Omo, Sunlight, Lux, Geisha, Pepsodent, Close-Up, Vaseline, Lipton Tea etc.