The Northern Regional Health Directorate has taken delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies to help fight the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
The items provided by Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), an international non-governmental organisation, at a cost of US$11,000 are to be distributed to three other health facilities in the Northern Region. The other beneficiary health facilities include Savelugu Municipal Hospital, Nanumba South District Hospital and the Regional COVID-19 Isolation Centre.
The donation includes 20 pieces of infrared thermometer, 90 sets of surgical kits,150 pieces of N95 face masks, 20 packets (50/pack) of surgical nose masks, 80 packets (100/pack) of sterile examination gloves (size L) and 24 boxes (40 bottles/box) of sanitisers.
This was CCFC’s gesture this year and also the final in a series of drug donations under the Promoting Maternal, New-born, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts (PROMISE) programme funded by Global Affairs Canada to contribute to a reduction in maternal and child mortality.
PROMISE is a five-year project implemented in the Savelugu, Nanumba North and Nanumba South Municipalities and the Saboba district, and is currently in its final phase.
Stephen Amoako, Chief of Party at PROMISE who presented the items to officials of the Regional Health Directorate in Tamale, said the organisation provided the medical equipment as part of its contribution toward quality healthcare delivery during this pandemic period.
“Around this time, government alone cannot afford to provide the needed resources for health officials to discharge their duties; and so the organisation also took it upon itself to support health facilities located in the Assemblies where PROMISE is being implemented to ensure quality health care delivery, especially for mothers and their babies,” he said.
According to him, the items will give hope and encouragement to the staff to do their best for mother Ghana.
Mr. Amoako advised the Health Directorate and eneficiaries to make good use of the items supplied to the health facilities to achieve the intended purpose.
The Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. John Eleeza who received the gesture on behalf of the directorate and the facilities, commended PROMISE for the donation; saying the equipment will aid the health officials to discharge their duties well.
He lauded CCFC for its continued support to ensure quality health care delivery in the region, and said the items are what the Health Directorate needs to improve on health care for women and children in the region during this pandemic period.