The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, has cautioned the nation against relaxing the COVID-19 restrictions/protocols – even though reported cases keep going down – in order to avert another escalation.
“We are not completely out of the woods yet, and so we cannot back down from adhering strictly to the safety protocols as we did when the cases were high. There seems to be reluctance in wearing nose masks and observing the other protocols recently, which is dangerous and could lead to another spike.
“We at Korle-Bu want to encourage the general public to continue adhering to the safety protocols outlined because the fight is not over yet. We have had a reduction in numbers over the last few weeks; but then, we do not want a third wave like it happened with the second wave, because we may not be that lucky to get it under control again.
“We should not rest on our oars at all; we should all continue putting in our efforts and do our best to ensure we keep ourselves and the nation safe. This is because businesses can only bounce back, and life can only become normal for us to grow our economy, when we completely come out of the woods,” he said.
Dr. Ampomah made these remarks during a presentation exercise organised by MTN Ghana Foundation to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the hospital, so as to ensure adequate supplies for frontline workers.
MTN Foundation, as a means of addressing the challenge of lacking PPE for health workers in some hospitals and health facilities, has embarked on a campaign to supply about 29 selected facilities across the country. The items presented to KBTH included 4,000 nose masks, 20,000 pieces of surgical gloves, 40 thermometers, 3,000 face shields and 50 gallons of methylated spirit.
Senior Manager MTN Ghana Foundation, Robert Kuzoe, presenting the items on behalf of the foundation indicated that MTN believed it has a major role to play in this fight against COVID-19 right from the onset, and this continues to be paramount to the organisation.
“Immediately COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, MTN Ghana moved to put in place measures to help curb spread of the virus in its service centres across the country. Additionally, the Foundation donated PPE worth GH¢5million to the National COVID-19 Trust Fund and another donation of essential equipment to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to enable rapid testing and data processing,” he said.
He further emphasised that MTN will continue encouraging all Ghanaians to adhere strictly to all the safety protocols issued by authorities in fighting the pandemic.