The Standard Chartered Bank has handed over 520 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Tema General Hospital to support the work of frontline healthcare staff as efforts to treat new cases of COVID-19 in Ghana step up.
The items which included N95 masks and surgical gloves come on the backdrop of increased cases of COVID-19 in the Tema Municipality and will be key as the hospital continues playing an integral role as an isolation and treatment center.
The Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana Limited, Mansa Nettey, presenting the items said, “Following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Ghana, it is now more than ever important to ensure that all hospital staff are adequately resourced through the provision of PPEs. We are fully behind our health workers as they fight this pandemic from the frontline”.
The Tema General Hospital is the fourth health facility to receive PPE donation from Standard Chartered as part of the GHS 1 million committed by the Bank to support emergency relief and aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.
“At Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited, we live up to our brand promise ‘Here for Good,’ particularly in these times of adversity and hope the PPE’s will continue keeping you safe as you fight against COVID-19,” she added.
The Medical Director of Tema General Hospital, Dr. Richard Anthony, expressed gratitude to the bank for the generous donation and for its commitment to supporting frontline health workers during this time.
He said, “This donation has come at the opportune time for the hospital because as we continue receiving new COVID-19 cases, PPEs at our disposal are utilized much faster and as such, the hospital requires constant replenishing.”
To date, Standard Chartered Bank has donated over 3000 PPE to four hospitals. In previous weeks, the Bank presented Greater Accra Regional Hospital, the Ga East Hospital and LEKMA Hospital with their donations of PPEs.
The Bank also donated a portable Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) equipment to the Nogouchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to assist in conducting widespread testing and detection of COVID-19 in Ghana.