Three health facilities in Denkyira of the Central Region have benefited from donations worth about GH¢ 8,640.00, made by the Dunkwa Area of The Church of Pentecost to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The beneficiary health facilities are Ayanfuri Pentecost Clinic, Twifo Agona Pentecost Clinic, and Dunkwa Government Hospital.
Ayanfuri Pentecost Clinic and Twifo Agona Pentecost Clinic received cash donations of GH¢ 2,000.00 each, while the Dunkwa Government Hospital benefited from assorted personal protective equipment (PPEs) and IPC logistics at the cost of GH¢ 4,640.00. The items included a gun thermometer, tissue papers, face masks, gallons of sanitizer, and detergent.
At a short ceremony at the forecourt of the Dunkwa Government Hospital on May 15, 2020, to present the items to the facility, the Area Head, Pastor Jones Awuah Afrifa, said the donation, which was to complement government efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, was in line with the Vision 2023 of The Church of Pentecost of possessing the nations.
He said that the church cannot possess nations when its members are sick and physically unhealthy, hence the need for the Area to partner with the government to fight the pandemic. “We [The Church of Pentecost] have already offered our convention centre to the government to be used as an isolation centre, presented information vans to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to educate the public on the virus and have also supported the COVID-19 National Trust Fund with GH¢ 100,000.00,” he added.
Pastor Afrifa encouraged individuals, organisations, and groups in the country to support the government’s effort in fighting the pandemic. He also advised Ghanaians to adhere to the preventive measures issued by the government to help fight the pandemic.
The Area Head further admonished opinion leaders and leaders of churches to act as COVID-19 ambassadors to educate their people on the importance of observing all the laid down protocols and directives in the fight against the disease.
Pastor Jones Awuah Afrifa ended by commending health personnel and other frontline workers for their commitment, selfless sacrifices, and tireless efforts towards the fight against the viral disease. He encouraged them to stay strong and patriotic to the state as they put their lives on the line in the combat of the deadly disease.
Dr Louisa Salia, a senior medical officer who doubles as the Clinical Coordinator of the hospital, received the items on behalf of the facility. She expressed her appreciation to The Church of Pentecost for the kind gesture and the effort being made by the church to support the government to fight the pandemic.
She took the opportunity to advise residents of the area to stay home where necessary and use nose mask any time they go out.
Present at the ceremony were Pastor Samuel Acquah (Area Secretary), Pastor Emmanuel Ansah (Dunkwa District Minister), Pastor Twene Adane Justice (Atechem District Minister), Mrs Florence Darko (a senior Nursing Officer at the hospital), Mrs Mariam Haruna Mensah (Area Women’s Ministry Leader and a representative of the Municipal Health Directorate), Mrs Rita Darko (Human Resource Manager of the hospital), and Elder Emmanuel Obeng (Area Deacon).
Report by Pastor Justice Twene Adane.