Honorary Consular Corps of Ghana (HCCGH), an association of Consular corps, has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other safety equipment to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Ghana Police Service (GPS) respectively, to help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The support from HCCGH is aimed at ensuring that the law enforcement officers at the checkpoints and barriers are well protected from getting infected with the virus themselves as they deliver on their mandate efficiently.
The donation exercises which took place at the GAF secretariat in Burma Camp and Police Headquarters Cantonment respectively, witnessed the security services being presented with PPEs and safety equipment such as boxes of hand gloves, face mask, infrared forehead thermometers, hand sanitizers, liquid soaps, tissue papers, and Veronica buckets.
Honorary Consul General, the Republic of Haiti to Ghana, Ambassador Ray Quarcoo, presenting the items on behalf of the HCCGH, stated that it is appropriate that corporate organisations and CSOs support the various services providers that provide critical services, protect the citizenry and risk their lives daily at the forefront of the fight against the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
“We have seen the critical role that the Military and Police service has played and continue to play and we want to contribute to their efforts to enable them to keep up with the good works at the barriers during this partial lockdown,” he said.
Director-General in charge of Technical Services, Ghana Police Service, DCOP Samuel Monney, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh expressed his profound gratitude the Consular Corps for coming to the aid of the service at such a critical time when the service is most exposed to the risk of contracting the virus on their line of duty.
He further urged the general public to corporate with the Police Service and observe diligently the protocols put in place so that in the shortest possible time the coronavirus pandemic can be eradicated in the country.
The GPS also presented a letter of appreciation to HCCGH and called on other organisations to emulate what the Honorary Corps has done and also come to the aid of the police service.
Honorary Consul, Republic of Seychelles-Ghana, Kwame Acquah, indicated that the Consul Corps find the coronavirus pandemic to be the most catastrophic thing to happen to the nation and therefore are sympathetic but believe that as an association, it can try and support through education, providing frontline basic PPEs and safety equipment that can support the law enforcement agencies.
HCCGH members also present at the donation event were: Honorary Consul, Botswana, Thomas Okyere and Honorary Consul, Trinidad & Tobago, Hilton John Mitchell.