The Church of Pentecost (CoP) in the Greater-Accra Region on Friday, April 3, 2020, donated medical supplies worth GHS 150,000.00 to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for onward distribution to 13 health facilities in the region to help in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The beneficiary institutions are LEKMA Hospital, Amasaman Hospital, Kaneshie Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, St. John’s Hospital, Ga South Municipal Hospital, Tema Polyclinic, Mamprobi Polyclinic, GA East Hospital, Ashaiman Polyclinic, Amanfro Polyclinic, Kasoa New Market Clinic and Oduman Polyclinic.
The supplies donated were 208 Veronica buckets with a table stand and washbasins, 104 boxes Carbolic soaps, 195 boxes of tissues, 19 boxes of hand sanitisers, 143 boxes of disposable gloves, 2000 pieces of face masks, 85 gumboots and 130 sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs).
The PPEs are to be made available to health workers at the various hospitals who are at the forefront of the fight against the deadly virus, as well as patients who patronise the facilities.
Presenting the items at the MoH in Accra, the Coordinator of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) and Achimota Area Head, Apostle David Tettey Tekper, said the donation is to complement government’s effort in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Receiving the items on behalf of the MoH, the Deputy Minister of Health, Hon. Alexander K. Abban, acknowledged the continuous support from the church towards the fight against COVID-19 and lauded CoP- Greater Accra for the thoughtful gesture.
He was hopeful that the example set by the CoP-Greater Accra would spur other branches of the church in other parts of the country to join the fight in their respective regions.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has established one fact; that, in the midst of all the sophistication that we have on this earth; the bombs, technology, internet etc. we are still very limited in our power to deal with invisible forces (things). This must tell us that we are not on this earth for ourselves, but that someone else is the author of this earth and He is the One who controls everything. So, I believe that it is a time for us to have a sober reflection on the fact that we are not here for ourselves and be humble,” he added.
Among the dignitaries present at the presentation ceremony were Apostle John Osei Amaniampong (La Area Head), Apostle Mike Etrue (Kaneshie Area Head) and Apostle Samuel Gakpetor (Anyaa-Ablekuma Area Head).
As of April 2, Ghana had recorded 204 cases of COVID-19 from five (5) regions (Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Upper West and Eastern) with Greater-Accra Region recording the highest number of cases (183).
In a related development, CoP-Greater Accra has also donated medical supplies to the Ghana Prisons Service, Pentecost Hospital at Madina, La Clinic and Raphal Medical Centre at Tema, in support of the fight against COVID-19.
The donations follow the presentation of PPEs to the Ministry by the CoP Headquarters on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and the release of 12 vans to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for nationwide public education. Among other donations by the church, the CoP-Ashanti Region (comprising 11 administrative areas) and the Ho Area have also made separate donations to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and the Ho Teaching Hospital respectively in support of the fight against COVID-19.