The Chinese Embassy in Accra has presented medical supplies and nutritious food drinks valued at GH¢480,000.00 (US$80,000.00) to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital).
The medical items comprise 15 ventilators, 20,000 medical masks, 1,600 N95 masks, 120 protective suits, 60 face shields, and 100 medical goggles.
The food drinks include boxes of milk and cocoa powder.
The items, which were donated in conjunction with the Chinese community in Ghana, are expected to help the hospital deal effectively with the Coronavirus battle as soon as possible.
Chinese Ambassador, H. E. Shi Ting Wang, in his speech after the donation observed that COVID-19 is the most extensive disease to afflict humanity in a century and poses a daunting challenge and great threat to human health and life.
According to him, COVID-19 is a war that humanity has to fight and win.
China, he said, as the first country to confirm the virus launched a resolute battle to prevent and control its spread.
“China adopted extensive, stringent, and thorough containment measures, and has for now succeeded in turning the situation around.”
“There are only ten home-grown confirmed cases in China right now. A decisive victory was secured but we are all vigilant and extremely cautious,” he stated.
Ambassador Wang hailed the China and Ghana relationship since the coronavirus pandemic broke out and expressed his country’s appreciation to Ghana’s support.
According to him, China reciprocated this solidarity when the outbreak began in Ghana and spared no efforts to help in fighting against the virus.
“China is the first country to send medical supplies by chartered flight to Ghana.”
“In the past few months, batches after batches of medical donations have been sent to Ghana in different ways, including Chinese movement assistance, Jack Ma Foundation, the local Chinese community and enterprise donations, and etc. We will continue to do so in the future,” he assured.
Vaccine and treatment
Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, in his remarks noted that only two things would make the coronavirus vanish namely vaccine and treatment.
He noted that in the absence of these it is imperative to observe strict precautions and comply with all safety protocols.
He argued it is nobody’s fault that vaccines have not yet been developed for COVID-19 but stressed humanity is learning to live with the coronavirus as they did the AIDS virus.
“Until we get the vaccine we must know there is a virus out there just like HIV and therefore all of us must take care of ourselves.”
“When we do this we are likely to be safe,” he said.
The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Kwabla Srofenyoh, in response, expressed gratitude to the Embassy, the Ambassador, and the Chinese community and stressed the items will bring relief to the hospital’s management.
He acknowledged how expensive the medical supplies are and pledged the hospital would put them to good use to ensure the disease is managed and eradicated.
He disclosed that the hospital is about to set up a critical care unit for COVID-19 positive patients and noted that the items have come at the most opportune time.
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