The Church of Pentecost (CoP), in partnership with Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, has donated personal protective logistics worth GHS 45,000.00 to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in support of efforts by the Government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.
The items, which include coveralls, nose masks, N95 Respirators, face shields, goggles, aprons, examination gloves, heavy-duty gloves, gumboots and hand sanitizers, among others, were presented to the Deputy Health Minister, Hon. Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban, by the Chairman of church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, during a strategic meeting with directors of nursing and midwifery institutions in the country held at the national office of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana (NM&C) in Accra.
According to the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, who was present together with the International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, at the presentation, the donation is part of the church’s support to the fight against the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the church has set aside a fund of GHS 100,000.00 to support efforts by government, out of which, the personal protective equipment (PPE) has been procured to support health officials who are front liners in the battle against the deadly virus.
He also revealed that the church has released 10 of her cinema vans to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to be used to undertake public education exercises on COVID-19 across the country for the next four weeks.
“During the period, the church has offered to foot the bill for vehicle maintenance, fuel, and allowances for the drivers who will be using the vans for the public education exercise,” he said.
“The vans have Public Address systems fully fitted in them to serve the purpose of educating the general public about the deadly virus as well as the precautionary measures,” he added.
In a related development, the Chairperson of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, Rev. Veronica Mina Darko, on behalf of the council, also donated 50-sets of personal protective equipment to the tune of GHS 20,000.00 to the MoH for onward distribution to health officials across the country.
Receiving the items on behalf of the ministry, Hon. Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban was grateful to the church for the thoughtful gesture, saying, “In times like these, we need all to come on board.”
Hon. Abban called on religious groups, particularly churches, to heed to the President’s call for the suspension of all gatherings in the country and to take part in the National Day of Fasting and Prayer on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, as declared by the President.
He also urged churches to follow the CoP’s example by going the extra mile to provide tangible support in dealing with the situation. He assured the church that the items donated would be used for the purpose for which they have been given.