Former President John Dramani Mahama on Monday presented a total of 70 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and 50 pairs of Gum Boots to health workers at the Ho Teaching Hospital, to support their work towards fighting the COVID-19 disease.
The presentation is part of a total of 650 PPE and 650 gum boots procured by Mr. Mahama, who is also the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for distribution to a number of medical facilities across the country.
A member of the NDC COVID-19 Technical Team, Prof. Margaret Kweku, who is also the Parliamentary Candidate for the Hohoe Constituency, who presented the items on behalf of the NDC Flagbearer, thanked the country’s frontline health workers for their dedication, hard work and sacrifice as the nation grapples with the coronavirus.
Prof. Margaret Kweku, who was accompanied by the NDC Volta Regional Chairman, Henry Kwadzo Ametefee, James Gunu, Reg. Sec. Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzrah, Kwame Agbodza and some Regional Executive, urged government to work faster to ensure the urgent supply of the required protective clothing and logistics for the health workers to maintain their confidence as they come into contact with hundreds of people during these times.
Chief Executive of Ho Teaching Hospital, Dr. Tampore, who received the items thanked former President Mahama for the support, pledging that the hospital will put them to good use.
As part of HE. J.D Mahama’s support for the country’s health workers, a quantity of PPEs and gum boots are being presented to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Ho Teaching Hospital, Effia Nkwanta Hospital, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and Koforidua Government Hospital today.
Speaking at a ceremony on Saturday to announce the supply of the materials, President Mahama said he was deeply touched by the enthusiasm and the sacrifice of the health workers, adding that “I, John Dramani Mahama, appreciate you all, and Ghanaians appreciate you all”.
He also lamented the non-availability of protective clothing for the health workers. “I must quickly add that it is not a good thing that health workers, across the country, still, do not have personal protective equipment. This is obviously because we did not plan early as a country and our importation of test kits was also late. Also the demand for test kits and PPEs have outstripped supply globally.”